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Theme for the Month: God's Wisdom for True Worship and Discipleship


Dear friends,

Greetings to you in the precious name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!

The first Sunday in June is always observed as Students Sunday as some of our children start their school afresh, and for others they are back into school after a long vacation. The theme for the first Sunday of the month is Wisdom from Above, and the theme for the last Sunday calls us to understand the 'Cost of Discipleship .' We, as God's children, must grow in the Wisdom of God with the understanding of our responsibilities as Christ's Disciples; respond to His Call to be used as His Instruments, and Worship Him in Spirit and Truth. We will be meditating on these themes as well.

We keep teaching our children that God is the Giver of Wisdom and the Fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom in order that our children may come to experience this truth. In the present situation, everyone engage themselves in acquiring knowledge, forgetting the fact that we need to have the real wisdom from above. Wisdom is the gift of God who fears God. Knowledge does not equal wisdom because knowledge is only accumulation of facts, but wisdom is the ability to use those facts responsibly. The perfect model for us is our Lord Jesus Christ himself. St. Luke in his gospel witnesses that as Jesus grew " increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favour."(St. Luke 2: 52).

When a life is filled with the wisdom from above, it becomes different in character, and exhibits the qualities that St. James explains in his epistle: "Wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy." (James 3: 17). When a person grows with these qualities, his or her life reflects Christ's character. It makes the children, the young, and the old, to follow in the footsteps of Christ, where we are recognised as the disciples of Jesus. If we are with Christ, we are also with one another and with God's creation, and care for all. Caring for all and for God's Creation is one of the characters of the life that is filled with wisdom from above.

Such persons are also engaged in worshipping together in truth and Spirit, in serving one another in love as His true disciples, even counting the cost and be used as His instruments. Unless these characters are seen in our life, our life is in vain, our life has no meaning, and our efforts become futile. It is time to examine ourselves whether our life is in God and in His Son Jesus, led by the wisdom from above through His Spirit, or by the wisdom of the world.

Please read and meditate on the passage from the Epistle of James 3: 13 to 17 - Two Kinds of Wisdom

May God bless you all with the Wisdom from above, enable you to be His true disciples serving one another in love, respond to His Call to be His Instruments, and help you worship Him in truth and Spirit.

Rev. Jessie Ranjan
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