Christ’s Sacrifice on the Cross, and Offering Ourselves
The Voice of the Beloved
Of my own freewill I offered Myself to God the Father for your sins1 – My arms were outstretched on the Cross and My body naked, so that nothing remained in Me that was not completely turned into a sacrifice to make propitiation for your sins.2
In the same way, you should offer ourself willingly to Me every day in holy communion as a pure and “living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service,”3 together with all your strength and affections, and with all the inward devotion that you can.
What more do I require of you than that you abandon yourself entirely to Me?
whatever You would give Me besides yourself is of no value to Me, for I seek you4 and not your gifts.
1 Isaiah 53:5, Hebrews 9:28
2 Romans 3:25; 1 John 2:2, 4:10
3 Romans 12:1
4 Proverbs 23:26
Thomas a Kempis, Imitation of Christ (North Brunswick, NJ: Bridge Logos, 1999), 263-264. Print.
I became extremely conscious of my need to cultivate the Christian virtue of humility when I first went to the mission field. I met people who were different from my socio-economic background, traditions, culture, race, ethnicity, and language. Some were very humble than other Christians I met at that time, but some were too harsh that I felt literally nauseous to deal with them. However, I am compelled by love of Christ to love them and share the Word of God to them. It was not possible to deliver the message of justification by faith through grace of Christ unless I demonstrated the Christian character of humility while preach, distribute the gospel tracts, or sell the gospel packets and the New Testament Bible. Continue reading Monday Devotion: Celebrating Service
The discipline of service brings great liberty.
The spiritual authority is only can be achieved through voluntarily serving others.
True service comes out from the personal relationship with Jesus.
True service does not announce in public for reward but serve in covertness and be contended.
True service is a lifestyle which serves friend and foe without discrimination and does not calculate the results of serving.
True service builds community by listening others quietly, tenderly, and patiently as well as caring for the needs of others.
The discipline of service brings humility into the life.
The risen Christ has called us to the ministry of voluntary service. Continue reading Monday Devotion: The Discipline of Service
The selection of reading on the discipline of Guidance is taken from the essay “Walk with Freedom” by Martin Luther King Jr. which was published in 1956. The main theme of the essay is, violence is not only impractical but also immoral. Secondly, love of God is the transforming power that can renovate the whole community to new horizons of fair play, good will, and justice. For this reason, King used love as the instrument and weapon to fight against the rulers and authorities who oppressed and condemned African-Americans inhumanely. Continue reading Monday Devotion: Spiritual Guidance
Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 – 1968)
Background and Context
Martin Luther King Jr. was born as Michael Luther King Jr. into Christian family in Atlanta, Georgia on 15th January 1929. Later, his father changed his name to Martin to honor German Protestant leader Martin Luther. His father was a Baptist minister, and his maternal grandfather was also a Baptist pastor for a long time. King also served in the Baptist church as co-pastor until his death by assassination in Memphis, Tennessee on 4th April 1968.
King was known as one of the eloquent speakers of American civil rights movement. He led the civil rights movement in the United States from the mid-1950s. During that time, he raised voice against racial discrimination in America, especially for African-America. In his time, there was hardly a black leader in the country. However, his dynamic leadership succeeded to attract the attention of the world. He led a mass of hundreds of thousands of people against racial discrimination and segregation law. Continue reading Monday Devotion: Martin Luther King Jr. on Spiritual Guidance