Sunday, 4 March 2012

Kingdom Subjects

The character of the Christian is demonstrated by his daily life. “Every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit” (Matt7:7) with Christ as the vine, and we the branches we are more than conquerors. Let us make this our life work to surrender all to Him  so that we become victorious subjects of Christ.

We must ourselves practice that which we would enforce upon others if we desire to be of any influence to those who are seeking for truth. Words, however good, will be powerless if contradicted by our daily life.
Saving sinners was the mission of Christ. He left his heavenly home to suffer and die for us that He might succour us. For this He toiled, agonized and prayed.

It is therefore our privilege and the duty of every Kingdom subject to maintain a close union with Christ in order to have a rich experience. Only then will our life be fruitful.

In the book of  Romans Paul admonished us to consecrate ourselves.  "Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. " Romans 12:1,2.

Paul also teaches total reliance on Christ. "I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
"I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples."  John 15: 1- 8 .

Let us  heed the words of Titus. "For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good." Titus 2:11-14 

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