An Abiding Presence

‘Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above…Let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire lacking nothing.’(Jas.1:17,4)

Christian life is not a life separated from realities of a world that man undergoes on everyday basis. He is faced with same tribulations and trials as any other at his personal life or at work place. Because one has accepted Christ as the Lord it does not mean his difficulties with his neighbor has come to an end. Most likely that his attitude towards him may be changed or he tries not to let his difficulties with the bad neighbor take control of his life. A Christian is no more spared from trials than Christ was. We are set down in the midst of good,bad and indifferent people and to expect our neighbors to be likeminded or people with similar attitudes is wrong. Christ did not grow weary or lose heart because he was dogged by those who were ever at heels. The teachers of Law were waiting for him to make a false step and many of his followers did not care for his teachings. Instead they wanted to see miracles and even his disciples misunderstood him at times. Who shall not be discouraged by such disciples who only were jockeying for power in the kingdom come. In the Book of Hebrews we read;’Consider him..’ Heb12:3

The Christian life is weighed in balance and on one side we have everything that can go bad or financial difficulties, irritations of modern life that are unavoidable. On the other consider Jesus Christ who has endured much more than we shall ever experience. vs.4 We need to consider the one who has faced what we feel at present. So our life must be run on the certainty that he knows what we are going through at any given moment.

As Children of God if we could be like our Lord it is enough. Mt.10.25 Jesus with one sacrifice perfected his life and we are following as best as possible the example he has set.

Life of a Christian is like the Pilgrim’s Progress and at every turn what we face is something new, and the enormity of it we do not know is beyond our strengths or not. Our life from our adolescence prepares for challenges that we would face as responsible adults. Bullies on the school grounds toughened us and how we overcame them or turned them around are cues for the real world, where we cannot use our fists or pocket money to get through. But did it not teach us to negotiate our way around those who are different and are unfriendly? Life experience of a Christian is somewhat similar. Only that we consider Jesus Christ to turn our life lessons in a manner he will approve of. Moses depended on God’s presence to go with him Ex.33:14 Heb11:26

As one who had grown up in the palace he had everything required for a scholarly life and being educated in law and jurisprudence he would have made a powerful administrator or a law-giver. Instead he suffered along with the people of God because he was looking ahead of his reward.

Reward of every Christian is the presence of God as the story of three Hebrew youths in the fiery furnace teaches us. Dan.3:24-26 They were bound and thrown into the furnace but in the fiery furnace they felt freedom. The fire was real but even in its presence they could endure it. He that is in us is greater than every difficulty that world throws at us.

Our abiding life with Christ begins here and now. Corruption of the age,our bodies shall not severe our relationship since we have His promise that we shall be in with Him (Jn15: 20,27). Being born again we are made righteous and our Christian experience shall go on till we experience this close-knit relationship. Perfection is where we are as one with God the Father and God the Son. Like diamond of the first water we are made flawless against Love and Truth.



About bennythomas

I am a Dutch citizen. An architect by profession I am married and have six grandchildren. I am still keen on expressing myself and each day is new and an occasion where I might bring out from within something worthwhile.
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