Book of Remembrance

Malachi 3:16-18

Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another,
And the Lord listened and heard them;
So a book of remembrance was written before Him
For those who fear the Lord
And who meditate on His name.
“They shall be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts,
“On the day that I make them My jewels.
And I will spare them
As a man spares his own son who serves him.”
Then you shall again discern
Between the righteous and the wicked,
Between one who serves God
And one who does not serve Him.

Are you tired of the injustice you see around you? You may even feel that those who do wrong seem to get away with it. In fact they seem to be leading comfortable happy lives , more peaceful and happy than you. You may wonder at times what is the benefit of following Jesus when all you seem to encounter in your life is pain and disappointment. When you look at the lives of your unbeliever friends, colleagues, it may seem that they have no cares or burdens. Especially with the onset of social media ,like Facebook, Twitter, etc- where everything is so public – some may feel like their lives are not fun enough or exciting enough as compared to the lives of many others. But there are reminders all through the Bible that God never forsakes His children. He is not a God who turns a deaf ear to the cries of His children. As we read in the above verse, He has kept a book of remembrance in which our names are written. What a joy and delight to know that! He even goes on to call us His “jewels” . Are you feeling stuck and feel there is nothing in your life to look forward to. Take heart. God sees you, Hold onto His hand – your reward is near. The treasures He has kept in store for His children is out of this world ! There is a difference between those who call out to the living God and those who do not and there will come a day when justice will be served and that difference will be seen by all. Praise God !

Saying No !

Often we feel it is our Christian duty to help others. Its been taught to us from past years to help those in need. We are ready to help others even if it means that we need to sacrifice some comforts of our own. Its good to help. There is no doubt about that. Helping others in need is the best way to put Christianity into action. But have we been asked to help all who come to us? At what cost will you help? Even if you need to make sacrifices in your relationship with Jesus?

Mathew 25:1-13 refers to the story of the 10 virgins. Five were called wise. Five were called foolish. This difference was made just based on the fact that 5 had carried extra oil with them while 5 of them did not. Both groups slept (25:5) and when they got up they realized they didn’t have enough oil to meet the Bridegroom. The 5 foolish ones asked the wise ones to lend some oil (25:8). The wise ones replied “no” (25:9). They didn’t refuse because they didn’t have a desire to help. They said no because they knew that if they lent some of their own oil, they would not be able to meet the Bridegroom when He came.

To them, meeting the Bridegroom was their main aim. Everything else was only a 2nd priority. Because they refused, the foolish ones may have cursed them. They may have got angry. But that didn’t matter to the wise virgins. They were firm in their focus and they knew what they had to do. They had the wisdom to say no at the right time and right situation. Hence when the Bridegroom came, they could meet Him (25:10).

Many of us suffer because of the inability to say no in certain situations. It gets us into circumstances where we feel trapped and lose our peace of mind. Knowingly or unknowingly it ends up affecting our walk with Christ. The wise virgins said no and hence received their reward. We too need the ability to be able to discern and know when to say yes and when to say no and for that we need the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us daily.