Dev Paramarajan, Mar 6th 2010 for HTC Service
Text: Gal 6:9 “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”
Theme: Being right with God takes lot of battle and loss, but this is what takes us into the promise land and ensures His everlasting grace.
Mat 7:13 “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow
gate… the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.”
Jesus Christ is the Lord of our sinful hearts; He is the Lord of our shame. We are the fruits of Christ Jesus and we’re His forgiven fruits.
The meaning of walking in the narrow road is to be right with God.
There is no way we can be right before God. So, God chose to send His Son Jesus Christ to enter that narrow gate, walk that difficult road and make each one of us right before Him.
Now by the grace of God, receiving the forgiveness of our sins thru’ the sacrifice of Jesus Christ we are right before God.
Is God pleased by what we do or how we faith? Heb 11:6
Eph 2:8-10 “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
In 2008 I lost my job and lost my health insurance just right after I and my wife learned that she’s pregnant. We had such a faith that God will supply all our needs. God indeed was more than faithful! No paycheck came in those months or we had any savings, but we ate the best food, paid all bills including our bulky mortgage on time.
I wanted to buy the best pomegranates for my pregnant wife, I was in grocery store asking God for the best deal for the few dollars I had. Pomegranates was on sale; I picked 4 of them for $8 and few more items – paid, came out, got inside my car and checked the receipt for a great surprise. The lady in the counter had billed only $2 for the pomegranates instead of $8. The first thing came in my mind was a big shout – God supplied my needs for less $$. I drove home, as I draw near to my home – I felt grieved in Holy Spirit. I wasn’t comfortable at all. I knew I didn’t do the right thing; I was not right before God. My fear for the Lord grew to the point that I started to wonder if God would bless me with the job that I’m waiting for or not.
As soon as I came home, I told my wife just what happened. She told me to do what I felt right to do. I jumped right back into the car, and went to the store – ran to the customer service to give back the 3 fruits that doesn’t belong to me. When I explained that I wasn’t billed for 3 of the 4 fruits – the lady in the customer service said, ‘no issue, you can have those fruits’. In my mind, I really got upset – why is this lady saying this – I just don’t want to play with God. I want my job; I want to be right before Him. I insisted her again to take back those fruits or I would like to pay for it. Now she said, ‘listen sir, I appreciate your loyalty. I’m this store manager – I have the right to give it to you, don’t feel uncomfortable – just enjoy the fruits, it’s yours!”
I got inside my car, closed the door and started to sob. God is faithful, when we turn out hearts to Him. Those pomegranates are not much great in value, but it valued a lot for me that day – because, those are forgiven fruits!
I struggled that day and finally made myself right before God and made His Spirit to rejoice again.
There is power in getting right with God in midst of all struggles, there is an eruption of joy and complete peace – like that of 3 Hebrew boys in Book of Daniel 3: 18 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego who said “we understand you may take our lives but no matter what we want to be right before God, even if we reap no benefit out of it” (paraphrase mine)
Did these 3 Hebrew boys reap anything at all? Read Daniel 3:25-30 to find it.
If you dare to be right before God, God will rescue you out of anything and everything. God rules those who abide by His rules & regulation – how difficult is that to understand?
In the fallen world, Bible mentions about Enoch that he walked with God. How was that? He simply attempted everyday and succeeded in being right before God by His help.
We don’t know what we’re called to do, but there’s one thing we’re required to do – that’s to be right before God. I’m not saying you go live sin-proof life, which we can’t; that’s the reason Christ came for us. But being right is longing and doing all it takes to be restored to God and won His favor back.
This is the gist of gospel of Jesus Christ – God did not sent His Son to condemn this world, but that the world might be saved through Him!