“And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their master’s table.” – Matthew 15:27
This woman gained comfort in her misery by thinking great thoughts of Christ. The Master had talked about the children’s bread: “Now,” argued she, “since Thou art the Master of the table of grace, I know that Thou art a generous housekeeper, and there is sure to be abundance of bread on Thy table; there will be such an abundance for the children that there will be crumbs to throw on the floor for the dogs, and the children will fare none the worse because the dogs are fed.”
She thought Him one who kept so good a table that all that she needed would only be a crumb in comparison; yet remember, what she wanted was to have the devil cast out of her daughter. It was a very great thing to her, but she had such a high esteem of Christ, that she said, “It is nothing to Him, it is but a crumb for Christ to give.” This is the royal road to comfort. Great thoughts of your sin alone will drive you to despair; but great thoughts of Christ will pilot you into the haven of peace.
“My sins are many, but oh! it is nothing to Jesus to take them all away. The weight of my guilt presses me down as a giant’s foot would crush a worm, but it is no more than a grain of dust to Him, because He has already borne its curse in His own body on the tree. It will be but a small thing for Him to give me full remission, although it will be an infinite blessing for me to receive it.”
The woman opens her soul’s mouth very wide, expecting great things of Jesus, and He fills it with His love. Dear reader, do the same. She confessed what Christ laid at her door, but she laid fast hold upon Him, and drew arguments even out of His hard words; she believed great things of Him, and she thus overcame Him. She won victory by believing in Him. Her case is an instance of prevailing faith; and if we would conquer like her, we must imitate her tactics.
Source: Morning & Evening, Charles H. Spurgeon
Evangelism is the universal commandment that believers were given by Jesus before his ascension to Heaven, and it is surprisingly the one thing that we don’t do enough. I’m yet to meet a Christian who hasn’t experienced some form of guilt in the area of personal evangelism. Should we also consider the fact that the greater majority of us don’t actually evangelize? It’s an open secret that Christians don’t do evangelism enough. A wide spectrum of reasons could be given for this, many of which are true and justifiable.
Father Abraham has many sons
Many sons has Father Abraham
I am one of them, and so are you
So let us praise the Lord!
Left hand, right hand, left leg, right leg!
(Repeat as many times as possible)
Do not worry about the last line of the song. Forget about the fact that that line neither has any scriptural backup nor logical correlation with the previous four. See it as a simple children rhyme that was composed to teach little kids about Abraham. And that song was my first introduction to the great patriarch Abraham – along with a few other songs that I learnt in Sunday School many years ago.
Pain is bad. It’s a universal truth. Everyone knows that. Hence, nobody wants pain. I usually make a very simple but powerful (at least, I believe it to be) analogy about sin and pleasure. Sin is often pleasurable, and that’s why it’s easy to fall into it. Sin is often found on the path of least resistance – just give in and let go. I am yet to find a man or a woman who struggles so hard to sin. Sin is not painful. If it were, everyone would stop sinning. There would be no need for an enabling grace to make men stop sinning because even the ungodly would have no reason to want to sin. That’s how much man detests pain and loves pleasure.
I developed a love for TED talks during my first year in school. I was fond of taking out time to watch TED talks on the laptops of my friends. One particular talk that I’ll never forget listening to is The Danger of a Single Story by popular Nigerian (permit to add, Igbo) author and story teller, Chimamanda Adichie.
TED talks, by their very nature, aren’t very long talks. And in 18 minutes, Miss Adichie took her listeners through certain short but nonetheless powerful stories that had been built through out her entire life. Her message was simple: single stories are bad. Not only are single stories bad, but they also steal a certain form of dignity from the people being represented in them.
I’m not as consistent a writer as I’d love to be. The frequency of my blog posts can be high at one moment and then, almost as though I was injected with some sort of drug, become so low that it seems as though I stopped blogging altogether. The reasons for these short (and sometimes, long) hiatus are often not the same. Now, I don’t stop writing altogether. I journal, take notes from the books that I read and from the classes that I attend, sermons that I listen to, and write my random thoughts on my notepad app almost everyday.
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In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. (Luke 2:1-5)
Have you ever thought what an amazing thing it is that God ordained beforehand that the Messiah be born in Bethlehem (as the prophecy in Micah 5 shows); and that he so ordained things that when the time came, the Messiah’s mother and legal father were living in Nazareth; and that in order to fulfill his word and bring two little people to Bethlehem that first Christmas, God put it in the heart of Caesar Augustus that all the Roman world should be enrolled each in his own town?