How powerful is your Touch?

Colossians 3:5-11
Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised.

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Today our generation is heading to a immoral lifestyle which is subject to convenience and lustful circumstances. Men and women indulge in immoral sexual and inappropriate activities. Uncontrolled emotional spasms leading to mass destruction of sanity and sanctity. Not just of the body but of spirit and mind.

Being a Christian are we on the right track? You may call me ‘gaavaala’ or even cheaper terms but truth is truth! As a born again and baptized christian, have we left our earthly self even after repentance? Be honest to yourself. This post might just be for one person out there reading it. Are you really washed by the blood of the Lamb?

1 Thessalonians 4:3For this is the will of God, your sanctification

Advancement is good. Technology is also good. The new era has come and we need to change accordingly. All of this is fine. But The Word of the Lord never changes no matter if it is 3018. So then is it right to skip few verses from the Bible and just focus on Psalms our whole life and do whatever we please?

Many would disagree saying that Jesus forgave everybody – we are no more sinners but children of God. All this is so true but if you were an orphan, nobody would have really cared as to what you are doing. But once you are adopted to the divine family, even on earth you will be subjected to live morally upright because our Father holds a good reputation he earned in his whole lifetime. So then how much more THE FATHER IN HEAVEN SHOULD EXPECT FROM YOU?

Every one has their own devils to tame like in the quoted part of the bible few are mentioned above. Why am I talking about these things? Well this is specifically for them who think they have a honest connection with God.

No offense but if the Father of Heaven and Earth has given us the power to heal, cast out demons, raise the dead and so on. Let me ask you a couple of questions.

Are you my dear friend practicing any?
Are we not called to preach and make disciples?
Are you able to make a difference that God wants you to?
Are you being real with God?
Is this the life you wished to live after knowing the truth? Life of hypocrisy?
Are you living for people who will cheat you someday? Or live with God who in spite of being cheated will live with you every single day for the rest of your lives?

Dear friend, don’t give away your power of touch which can change circumstances and situations. Your touch can do miracles. Sanctify yourself and repent for our father is amazing and great. Pray for gifts from above. Find your real purpose. You may be working for a company on earth but know your purpose is to serve the creator and owner of heaven and earth.

Hebrews  3:15 it says TODAY if you hear my word.

Today is the day, my friend. Don’t procrastinate GOD. Let God Give you all wisdom and grace to cope up with your struggles and stand up for God. Do share your thoughts and struggles. I’ll definitely pray for you.

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I am no exception everyone has their own weakness but know, “Harder the struggles Glorious the triumph.”

Dr. Mahima John Arul
Inspired by Pastor Arul Thomas
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Living the Calling

Living the Calling – Being a PK
Tears sting my eyes as I think about what happened this morning; but it had gone way out of limit today. Dad had screamed at me in front of a whole crowd just for applying a bit of gloss. He had never done it and now when he had, it hurt bad. A million questions were running a marathon in my head. The most prominent one being – “Why couldn’t I be like them?” And now, when I write “them”, no, I’m not referring to the world, no, I’m not talking about the peers; I’m talking about the present Christian generation.

I had another one of my sleepless nights that day, and I was as usual sitting with a notebook and pen, tears freely flowing thinking about the recent events. The pain was so heavy that it was hurting physically now. As my dam broke and a whimper escaped my lips, I felt someone speaking to me. I started writing not really knowing what it was. I was like that sixth grade kid writing down what was being dictated by the teacher, in this case, it was the spirit of the Lord.

The nation of Israel when led from bondage to a land promised to them generations ago, were led by a very humble and a dear friend of God, Moses. The ways in which God worked for them was completely exclusive and totally unique. This one was no different. It so happened that once as the Israelites fought a war, Aaron and Hur were asked to help Moses in keeping his hand risen towards the battlefield to make Israel win.

Dear PK reading this, the role in this play of life for you and me is somewhat similar. The mission field and the ministry bestowed upon you needs your support. Your father as he leads, needs you to keep his hands risen to ensure victory.

Paul suggests not eating meat if it causes your brother to fall in sin (as mentioned in 1 Corinthians). That’s a lifestyle change mentioned keeping in mind the purpose, to not be a reason someone chose the path of eternal hell. Sometimes the changes we need to bring causes us troubles and conflicts our lifestyle we have grown accustomed to, sometimes it irritates me and puts me in a place where I snap hearing the mere mention of the word, “Don’t”.

However, the revelation you need to get today is to know that your calling is different. It is an honor to have people look upto you. It is a privilege to have been the chosen vessel because He found us faithful (words of Paul). As someone rightly said, it’s always mind over matter. Many are called but few are chosen.

I want to encourage you today , Live the Calling with an understanding of the purpose behind it. 
Be a blessing , Be a support , Change the thinking , Lead the kingdom – You are a PK ! 

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PK protege, to be or not to be!

From the outside it may seem pretty awesome to loathe in all the attention that one gets in being a preachers kid. Some may be comfortable with the plastic smile and a perpetual sacrifice to be living for everyone else except for themselves- and some may think otherwise.

From the outside it may seem pretty awesome to loathe in all the attention that one gets in being a pastor’s/ preachers kid. Well it sure is an interesting thought to ponder on. Some may be comfortable with the fact that their life has become a plastic smile and a perpetual sacrifice to be living for everyone else except for themselves- and some may think otherwise.

There are pros and cons to being a PK protege, which may be considered in the following lines that I would like to pen down. These are the experiences I have had in my life and through which would try to shed some light on this topic given my limited experience.

First, it is a decision that one takes to embrace the idea of being a PK -from the fake smiles, self righteous head nods and to hands reaching heaven like that’s our perpetual state of being- in heavenly places. I would say that as kids we love the attention in the midst of trying to figure out who we really are. The undeserving royalty status we get without doing jack does kind of feed our fleshly ego. I did enjoy people taking me to special seats, giving me special attention like I know or think better than everyone else in the room even though I was only 12 years old.

But after enjoying all the awesomeness of being held at a higher standard than everyone else there comes a time we start crying foul. You can tell, when we find these same folks spewing absurd statements like  ”I’m just a kid”  or  “we are like everyone else” or ” I’m human too” . It’s funny to see that we embrace all the benefits of being a PK but sometimes feel the weight of accountability and responsibility it entails.

Now let’s move one step further, it’s time to fit into daddy’s shoes who is a leader of a church/ ministry/ humanitarian org or something in that vicinity. Let me tell you this first off – you don’t want to be in those shoes!! Your life starts from the point where you are strongly compared with your predecessor. You constantly feel like you are not enough or not as awesome as your former and seems like an endless loop of trying to prove to yourself and to the whole world that “how you are” different from your predecessor. Here “Different” implies how much better you are than your dad but you don’t want to blatantly say that you’re better than him which may suggest that you are disrespectful and conceited. This makes you resign to accept that you are not as great (which is the truth to begin with) than your predecessor. What’s better than just exist living in mediocracy and enjoying all the benefits that you get being a son/daughter.

From another perspective people may say (in other words they say this to me under their breathe) ” what’s wrong with the protege’s life? He gets everything on a platter- the house, the car and “the position” (the most important thing). People somehow consider ministry to be a business or corporation.  What the father earns – the son gets it and he needs to take it further and must prove that he is better .But if that’s how you want to look at ministry then you can only imagine the pressure that the PK in under from the very start . He gets compared to the predecessor based on non quantifiable things like anointing, signs and wonders, miracles which we have to do with the spirit of God. Don’t you think that’s a bit too much for a guy/ girl who is just in their mid twenties to be compared with a seasoned minister of God? They are expected to pick up from the place their predecessor left at when they retire at 65. It’s like expecting Shahrukh khans son to act in a movie at 15 yrs and expect it the gross the largest amount of money in the history of cinema just cause Shakrukh did it at 52. Well, that’s the life of a protege in ministry.

Now the boiling question is do you want to be this protege? In my opinion many join the ministry because they are either pushed into it or see it better than their struggling vocational career. But, I joined the ministry because I was called personally by God. Never wanted to be a part of it, dint and don’t want to inherit it – just want to continue to do what I can do with the limited resources and experience i have. If my dad’s church splits, we lose all that we have; I’ll still not go back to being an engineer. I’ll still start from the streets or wherever I would be at that time propagating  this gospel. I’ll fulfill the promise I made to myself when I chose my call over the job opportunity in the final year of engineering.

Dear friends, “the call” determine who you are, not your dad. From David to Gideon, it was their call that was the defining moment in their lives. The call had changed course of their lives forever. Nothing could deter them from what they were called to be. If God has called you, He will lead you. When you are truly called by God, you will not visualize ministry as a job but you’ll see church, ministry and people as an opportunity to bring the love of God to the world. It won’t be just an obligation to fulfill. If you are a youngster who feels that all your work pertaining to church, your role in leadership seems a bit too much, and u feel it’s a bit unfair? I think you’re not in the right place. I think your either not called to minister full time or you are not ready yet. I love what I do, every part of it from the backbiting, politics played, rumors created and so on. It’s all worth it when I see people’s life getting transformed by the power of God. One life transformed is worth a life time of all the other stuff.

So PK protege, to be or not to be? Answer it and live your life as you wish in the fullness of God. God does not need second generation masters, but second generation servants. So if you want to be first, start last.

Being a Pastor’s Kid

I was born as a Pastor’s kid. Some call it a ‘privilege’; some call it a ‘pain’. I call it a ’PURPOSE’

I was born as a Pastor’s kid. Some call it a ‘privilege’; some call it a ‘pain’. I call it a ’PURPOSE’. I believe there is a reason why we’re born into a particular family.  If I were asked this question a few years ago, I would have called it a ‘Pain’ as well.

As fancy as it seems, being a PK (Pastor’s Kid) is not easy. There are those who look up to you and think you would never do wrong, while there are others who wait for you to fall. I grew up frustrated trying to be the “good girl” I was expected to be. I was forced to feel emotions I didn’t want to, I had to put a smile on my face although I was crying inside, and I had to pretend everything was perfect to satisfy the image of being a ‘PK’. I was torn between the image I had to portray for society and the person I truly wanted to be.

I am a human being, I make mistakes, I fall, I break down just as any other girl my age would. But then why was it that a PK had higher repercussions than the others?  Why were others not judged the way I was, for being just like everyone else?

I was blessed to be raised by parents who loved me for who I am and treated me like a regular child but somewhere deep inside I knew that if I slipped, my parents would be blamed. We live in a society where “public image” holds great value, which in turn causes bias expectations. And expectations inevitably brew judgment. Even as it is written “Thou shall not judge”; at the end of the day we are all human beings living in a judgmental society. Matthew 7:12 says, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you”.

Why is it so easy for us to expect from others what we do not practice ourselves? Why is it that we rarely take the time to understand the reasons behind a person’s behavior? Or perhaps take the time to completely comprehend their story?

It’s easy to point the finger at another person’s flaws, while equally difficult to find those flaws in you. Putting somebody up on a pedestal will always lead to disappointment. Remind yourself that before being a leader or a role model, they are only human. Humans Disappoint, God Doesn’t. Give God his rightful place in your heart.

As I grew older and grew tired of my rebellious nature I realized the “Purpose” God stored for me.  What I once considered a pain had now turned into a feeling of responsibility. I was born to parents that had committed their life to love and serve the community. My purpose was not to be ‘just a Pastor’s Kid’, it was a responsibility to love and accept people without finding fault.

Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”. Today, I have no fear or shame in admitting my past. God turned the condition of my heart into a beautiful learning experience; an experience that has contributed to my way of perceiving people around me.

So, the next time you come across a PK, give them a hug, and bless them with some encouragement. What do you have to lose? Be a genuine friend, you may not know of the battle they might be facing behind that smile. They need encouragement more than you can imagine! Do not underestimate the POWER of your encouragement.

And to all my PK friends or anyone in a similar situation, remember that God understands your heart and he NEVER ever DISAPPOINTS.