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1. From Bihar With Love:

To the Unity of the Faith – D. Augustine Jebakumar

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Clarity in Unity – Ashok Kumar

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Stay with the Flock – Esther Dara

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2. Executive Director’s Desk: 3. Poems:

4. Children’s Chronicles:

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5. Get Equipped:

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Raju’s Projects – Angeline Mariyosh

Trinity: Understanding the Three in One – Christopher Murugan

6. New Gen Thinking:

Walls: Build or Break? – Mariyosh Joseph

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Till Death Do Us Part – Packiyarani Stephen

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7. Standing @ the GAP: 8. Tentmaking:

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hile on one hand we see nation against nation, community against community, family against family, man against man; on the other we see baseless arguments like that of Rajiv Malhotra (in his book ‘Breaking India’) that Christian work feeds and flourishes on the disunity within Indian communities. A lack of proper understanding of theBible on unity is the reason. Since there is no provision or possibility of uniting people without any differences and discrimination within any other framework and religious system, he attempts to degrade and dismantle the only Faith that can give equal rights to all people irrespective of their colour, language, geography. And the last book of the Bible shows us a glimpse of what it will be like when Christ returns and in His kingdom, “After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb…” (Revelation 7:9 NRSV). The world’s pursuit of unity yields not much results because of its failure in not pursuing the Truth as C.S. Lewis aptly words it, “Seek Unity and you will find neither Unity nor Truth. Seek the light of truth, and you will find Unity and Truth”. The oxymoron phrase ‘Unity in Diversity’ makes sense and the meaningful and possible coexistence of unitas and varietasbecomes achievable only when there is the pursuit of veritas (Truth). Devoid of Truth, the world’s sophomoric attempt at unity meets only with more disunity. In his article ‘To the Unity of the Faith’the General Secretary compares the church, church leaders and ministers of the first century and present times and shows the dilution of truth in life and in proclamation. This is a clarion call to stand on the truth without compromising the Word. The article from the Associate General Secretary’s Desk, ‘Clarity in Unity’presents four foundational principles of Unity to help understand that unity is not uniformity rather a process of maturity. Unity and Love as abstracts cannot be understood unless we come to the Personhood of the Trinity. The more we learn and grow in the knowledge of our Triune God, the more we grow in unity. The Get Equipped article 5


‘Trinity: Understanding the Three in One’ is biblically soundand encourages the reader to grow in unity and to practice godly love that exists within the Trinity. Unity in essence needs to be experienced within a person (aligning oneself with God’s word), with people and in God’s purpose. The New Gen Thinking article ‘Walls: Build or Break?’expounds on these and brings unity lessons from walls of historical significance. The ‘Let Us Beat Swords into Plowshares’ sculpture in the UN Art Collection and the inscriptions on the Isaiah Wall across the UN building, “they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (Isaiah 2:4b), iscomplete, meaningful and possible only when people walk in Truth, in God’s paths and when God shall judge among the nations (Isaiah 2:3,4a). The Children’s Chronicles story ‘Raju’s Projects’ is a definite treat for children which shows how when small children come together they can make a big difference in someone’s life. ‘Till Death Do Us Part’ is an excellent article for married couples and for those preparing for marriage which points out to the importance of commitment and not compulsion to be the anchor of marriage life. The Tentmaking article ‘Dichotomy in Calling: Unifying Skills & Spiritual Gifts to Serve’removes the dichotomy of secular and sacred and helps the reader to understand work as a calling from God and to unify and use one’s skills, abilities, gifts for God’s glory and for His purpose. This year, 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. “To gather with God’s people in united adoration of the Father is as necessary to the Christian life as prayer” remarked Martin Luther. This is a stark reminder for the need of unity within the church community. We are called to build the kingdom of God and not our own kingdoms. We need yet another reformation, that will bring unity with the clarity that we are not called to compete with each other but to complement our graces and gifts; not to fight on fundamental doctrines and yet not compromise on sound doctrines; not to become self and church-obsessed, but to be kingdom-minded. Unifying Reading, Mariyosh Joseph Chief Editor, The CALL 6


From Bihar With Love

Dear prayer partners in Christ, Ephesians 4:11- 13 says “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”. (NKJV) When the church and ministers of God know and follow this scripture, this Nation will come to the knowledge of the True & Living God. The Book of ‘The Acts of the Apostles’ picturizes the first century church and ministers. If we follow this as our textbook, how good it will be!! I keenly studied the book of The Acts of the Apostles and researched the status of today’s church, church leaders and ministers. Teary eyes, heavy heart and disturbed spirit were its result. I’m bringing the findings to your attention with the hope that you would pray based on these. It is necessary that the gospel work be widened, causing an impact on the nation; and the church be made complete in Christ. May children of God arise and lift us to the former commitment, prayer and action. 7


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Dwelt firmly in prayer. Devoted themselves to prayer (Acts 2:42) Those out of the church feared the church (Acts 2:43) Praised without guile (Acts 2:46,47) The Lord added the saved to the church every day (Acts 2:47) The place shook when they prayed in unison (Acts 4:31) None claimed their things as theirs (Acts 4:32) Many were added to the church looking at the holiness of the church (Acts 5:14) Rejoiced when humbled for the Lord (Acts 5:41)

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Not bothered about the Lord’s name going in vain. (Not bothered about bringing disgrace to Lord’s name) Incessant preaching about Incessant self-praise is the goal Jesus Christ (Acts 5:42) Gathered and gave genNo concern for others. Have learnt erously according to their only to save money and keep in ability even when the fixed deposit. famine came (Acts11:29) Prepared to send healthy Come forward to send only juniors senior ministers for misfor such work sion work (Acts 13:3)


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Even when those who lead were chased away by the enemies, church was filled with joy and the Holy Spirit (Acts 13:52) They were noble as they searched the scripture daily ‘whether these things were so’ (Acts 17:11) Many that believed, confessed their sins openly (Acts 19:18)

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Living by ‘It is not right to hearken to man than to God’ (Acts 4:19) Able to proclaim at those stained in heart –‘your money perishes with you’ (Acts 8:20) Implicit obedience to the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:26,29) Tore their clothes and ran when praised (Acts 14:14) Consulted senior ministers for clarity on doctrines(when question and dissension arose) (Acts 15:2) When decisions were made, could tell with confidence ‘seemed good unto us and to the Holy Spirit’ (Acts 15:28) Though contentions came resulting in anger, they realised later and were united (Acts 15:39) Obeyed the voice of the Lord. When obstructed, waited for His guidance (Acts 16:7,9) Became greatly zealous in spirit when they saw the city filled with idols (Acts 17:16)

Think that it is important to hearken to man. No time or habit of asking for God’s will. Careful on ‘your money is my goal’

Desiring to move the Holy Spirit according to self-desire Longing to be honoured Self-praise that they have received a new revelation Trying to exhibit self as Super Star saying ‘the Lord told me so’

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Tent making along with God’s work when needed (Acts 18:3) Served the Lord with all humility, many tears and temptations (Acts 20:19)

Depicting those who try to do tent making along with God’s work as sinners Painful service to the Lord with eye for position, crocodile tears to receive money and temptations caused by them Don't know what ministry did Unmoved by bonds and afflictions. Not considering God entrust; even if known life dear but desiring to fulfil earlier, it is now forgotten. the ministry received by the hands of the Lord (Acts 20:23,24) Did not hide anything of the Careful in hiding many important counsel of the Lord. (Acts secrets. 20:27) Desiring to be innocent of It’s not my thing! the blood of all men (Acts 20:26) Did not covet anyone’s gold Getting them with covetous or silver (Acts 20:33) words (cheating saying ‘give somehow- by pawning or borrowing’ It is more blessed to give Other way round than to receive (Acts 20:35) False prophecies and dreams How many are diverted by old did not change the direction prophets (1 Kings 13:11-26) of the race. Belief that God’s will is better (Acts 21:11-14) Lived in all good conscience Conscience has been pawned or before God (Acts 23:1) damaged (1 Tim 1:19) Trying to exercise a clear An attitude of ‘not bothered by conscience before God and any one’ man (Acts 24:16) Speaking boldly about Concentrate on speaking words of righteousness, self-control blessings only. and coming judgement; causing those who hear to tremble (Acts 24:25) 11


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Unyielding to bribery for Seeking right time to give bribe deliverance (Acts 24:26) Firm. ‘were not disobedient Its long since the vision was to the heavenly vision’ (Acts forgotten 26:19)

Desire that those who hear me must become like me (Acts 26:29) The voyage that began as prisoner, changing into leader and good counsellor (Acts 27) Received Godly power and character and Ability to stand with boldness before those who think wrong about them (Acts 28:1-10)

Careful that none tries to become like me Started as leader and became a prisoner due to many reasons Weak life with sinful actions that shocks even those who think good about them

If churches commit to walk in the Light of the Bible and ministers change themselves according to the Word, it is my unshakable belief that we can impact our Nation in our days like the early church. Let us pray that the Lord may fulfil it. The Lord must move over this nation to dispel the confusions (especially political). Those who live by the Word must arise. Church must fight against the power of darkness with zeal. Enemy must be rightly identified, perishing humanity must be saved and those that go for Him must arise from every direction.

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Years have rolled by Few are the ones that have known the Lord’s love When will we see The work of the Spirit that can break the barriers The barriers that prevent our loving Jesus He who moved in the early church Will start again; If we change Would it happen Without an increase in the church’s quality? Is it wavering The church that has to pen history? We shall commit today without wavering To follow the ways of the Word Let’s remove fights and be witnesses Then our nation will see the change Leaders in positions, but shaky in truth Is it not imperative to see the path shown by Jesus our Leader? With Bowed heads we will give ourselves Let His praise be a sweet fragrance every where When Christ shall reign the whole earth Those who submit shall reign with Him D. Augustine Jebakumar Brother Jebakumar besides being the General Secretary of GEMS is an itinerant preacher who travels extensively in India & Abroad and is married to Sister Rupalekha. jebakumar@gemsbihar.org 13


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Dear in Christ, Greetings in the wonderful name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! The proverb “Unity is Strength” originally came out of the Scriptures. The intrinsic essence of Unity is beautifully captured in Psalm 133. Here ‘Unity among kindred’ is compared to overflowing precious oil; the anointed oil that ran down from Aaron’s head to his beard and over the collar of his robes. In the entire Bible, the word ‘Unity’ (Greek word, “Homophron”) comes only in three places but the concept and related words are found throughout; one such example can be found in Joshua 6: 20. Here, the simple united efforts of people, obedient 14

to the voice of God brought down the walls of Jericho. Being united is truly a challenge but firmly a possible one in our Christian walk. The following are the four foundational principles on which we can build further. 1) Understand the Passion of God: Unity is not a worldly wish that originates from man but it is the will and wish of God. In Genesis 2:24, God commands man to be United with his wife. Price Paid Jesus willingly shed His blood, accepted death, went into the Hades and victoriously rose again, What for?Ephesians


2:12-16 says, in addition to the salvation, it is to bring aliens and strangers together and to break the enmity, the dividing wall, and to bring Oneness. Jesus Christ being our peace, His body was broken in order to break the barriers. Isn’t it a costly one? It’s priceless! Purpose Spoken According to Paul, the secret of Christ, through the gospel, is to save the gentiles and to make them sharers equally in the promise in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 3: 3&6). This is pictured throughout the pages of Bible as ‘one Nation, one Flock, one Family, one Town, one Building, one Body, one Bride (not Brides)’ etc from time to time. Prayer Made “Let them experience such (like us) a perfect Unity” was the prayer of Our Lord Jesus for us. THIS UNITY includes God, other believers and also

those who are hearingthe gospel today and in the days to come (John 17:11, 20-23). But our Prayer Answering God is still awaiting the answer from us. Pattern Established Trinity is the perfect example of being together and working together in best harmony. The earthly model (Tabernacle), the early Church, the existing Church and the expected congregation in the Millennium, all are marked with an unchanging identity of Unity. (Exodus 36:18, Acts 2:44&4:32, Ephesians 4:11-13 and Isaiah 11:6,7 & 65:25) 2) Understand the Process Unity is not uniformity but it is the process of maturity. 1 Cor 3:1&3. We do differ in methodology, working areas, typology and other peripheral concerns. But we are united 15


primarily by His blood and in the common hope in Christ about eternity and in our Commitment to fulfil His Commission.(Ephesians 4:2-6). Apostle Paul says “I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be NO divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and PURPOSE (1 Cor 1:10 & Phil 2:1-3). Each one should have the clarity about his/her role and also in the role of others. We should respect and encourage one another, and we will see a great binding within the family & team (Isaiah 41:6&7 and Eph 4: 1113).

Foxes before it ruins the vineyard of LOVE. (Song of Songs 2:15) The two great apostles Paul & Barnabas, the powerful charismatic Church of NT (Corinth) and the mighty leaders of OT (Aaron, Moses & Miriam) all have faced issues with unity and they dealt it with divine grace. (Acts 15:39, 1 Corinthians 1:12 & Numbers 12:1) The common landmines which blast the unity are Inner Pride, Quick & uncontrolled Anger, Selfish motives, Favouritism, Jealousy, Lust for money, Fame, Competitive spirit, Wickedness (Jude 1:18&19), Trying to impress others and hatred. Sometimes, the growth in ministry, the growing number of people in team and increasing 3) Understand the resources - all handled carelessly, also ends up in divisions. (Genesis Problems 13:6 & 36:7). True brotherly love, Catch all, even those little humbling oneself before 16


Spirit (Ezekiel 37:7 &17 and 2 Chr 30:12). The FIRST thing the Apostles and disciples did after the ascension of Jesus was to come together and the remaining (Pentecostal experience& Church Planting) followed on its own (Acts 1:14 & 2:1&41).

everyone, a strong ‘No’ to self interests, honest care,showing burden concerning others’ welfare, persevering inspite of injustice and clarity of purpose are the keys of peace makers. (Eph 4: 1-6, I Peter 3:8&9, Philippians 2:1-5 and 1 Corinthians 1:10) Let us therefore, take the efforts to be connected & united with each other by removing the sandals of Divisions and stand on the ground of Unity as millions ‘Standing in the gap and are in need of Divine deliverance Standing without gap’ both will through us. Amen.(Exodus 3:5 reap a great harvest. (Mathew &6). 9:38 & John 4:37). Jesus points that “the C. Ashok Kumar kingdom of Satan” too functions Ashok is a Medical in unity. (Matthew 12:26). But it Doctor who serves as is so sad to see, the Church of God the Associate General today divided on denomination, Secretary of GEMS region,language, caste, etc and & Associate Director has forgotten the challenges of GEMS Medical Ministries. He is ahead. Whether it be in India or married to Angel, a medical doctor anywhere else, the enemy works who serves at GEMS Hospital, in an organised & united way. But we fail to join hands either Sikaria. in warfare or in welfare or in any drashok@gemsbihar.org other affairs of the Kingdom. When we come together, we will be united together by His 4) Understanding Challenges / Enemy

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Stay with the flock no matter what Don’t go astray for you’re not lost; You are God’s unique design You are one in Christ to shine Seeking the faults of others Slandering the godly brothers; Worldliness is disunity’s ensign But godliness is unity’s design Hence, stay with the flock no matter what Don’t go astray for you are not lost Lonely souls trudging somewhere down the road Selfish -souls care for their burdened loads; Diluted motives fill the godly Who cares to stand in the gap boldly? Thereupon, stay with the flock no matter what Don’t go astray for you are not lost Unified in faith and living in harmony must be the yearning Hating serious blunders but not sincere brothers ought to be the longing; 18


Spirit-rooted, Christ - manifesting should be the drive Loving brothers across boundaries make us thrive So, stay with the flock no matter what Don’t go astray for you are not lost Strengthening the weak to weather life’s storm Emboldening them to face with calm; Be a relief when tensions ablaze Send the ray of hope to bring solace Thus, stay with the flock no matter what Don’t go astray for you are not lost You are God’s unique design You’re one in Christ to shine It’s good and pleasant when brothers dwell in unity It’s called God’s community which disbands devil’s strategy! Esther Dara

Dara is a GEMS missionary who teaches English to the High School students of GEMS English School, Sikaria. daraesther97@gmail.com

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“Good Morning Children! Please be seated” said Ms. Florence on the first day of school after the summer vacation. All the desks were filled with students’ colourful projects. The children gleamed with smiles on their faces waiting eagerly to show their beautiful art works to their class mates and Class Teacher.

The students answered “Yes ma’am” with great enthusiasm to the question “Have you all completed your Holiday Homework?”. Ms. Florence’s searching eyes went around the classroom, until finally it settled on the blinking Raju. Raju rubbed the empty space on the desk in front of him feeling shameful. He stood up with a lot of hesitation. All eyes turned towards him and jaws dropped open. Raju usually 20

was very prompt with his school works and attracted the admiration of his class. Ms. Florence was quick to drop the issue. She didn’t want to embarrass Raju on the very first day. She said “You have a week’s time Raju. Make it fast. Don’t delay it further”. She said with a smile. Raju smiled back and the class settled. All projects were checked and marked. It didn’t take much time for the bell to ring. Raju was unsettled, he had no idea how he was going to complete his Holiday Homework without the needed resources. During the holidays, Raju’s Dad had fallen ill; very very ill. As his father couldn’t continue with his regular work, there was almost no money at home. Whatever had been saved was used for his father’s medicines. They managed food with the provisions at


home. Never had there been such a difficult situation in Raju’s life. Raju’s parents had always taken care of the basic needs of both their sons. Raju and his younger brother had handed their pocket money to their Mom when there was a drear need at home. Raju told his brother not to ask Dad and Mom anything as there was no money at home. They didn’t even want to remind their parents of their Holiday Homework and the materials they needed to complete it.

Raju’s Dad used to take them to the stationery and would buy them all that they needed to make their projects. Their Dad used to sit with them and guide them with their projects and encourage and appreciate them watching every step of their work. But their Dad instead was lying on the bed groaning with severe stomach pain. David ran to Raju as the bell rang. David was Raju’s best friend. It took no time for Raju to share all the situations at home to his dear friend. David knew he couldn’t help his friend in anyway. He was too distressed and unhappy. He had to help his friend with his projects. David met his other classmates and told them about Raju’s situation at home and the reason why Raju couldn’t do any of his projects. Mohan was the first to

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jump up “I have two extra chart papers with me. Shall I give them to Raju?”. John’s face brightened, he pulled out a ten rupee note from his pockets “I will buy Raju some chart papers too!”. Shahrukh said, “I have some extra pictures. Raju can use them for his projects”. “I have some extra colour print out pictures too!” David added. Mohan recalled that he had enough material left out for Raju to complete his Science project. Soon the other boys of the class who were listening to the conversation joined in. “We too want to help. We will provide Raju with our markers and sketch pens”. Raju just then entered the classroom. Abhijeet announced loudly “Don’t worry, Raju. We will give you everything to do your project and we will pray that your father would soon be alright”. One by one they gave Raju whatever they had in their bags. Raju humbly thanked them as his eyes filled with tears of gratitude and love towards his classmates. He didn’t know his little friends could move such a huge mountainous barrier from before him. As Raju reached home that day, his parents were surprised to see Raju bring home all the materials needed for the Holiday Homework. Raju and his brother sat down and completed their projects one by one. Raju’s Dad was recovering and he felt proud of his son’s friends and he blessed them with all his heart. “Surely your friends will become great men when they grow up. May the God of Heaven bless them abundantly for every small gift. As we cannot repay them for all these”. The next day during the morning prayer, the Class Teacher Ms. Florence told the students the incident of the four friends of


the Bible who carried a paralyzed man to Jesus so that he could be healed. Raju couldn’t contain himself. He told “Ma’am, similarly all the class boys helped me yesterday and today I have completed my Holiday Homework”. Ms. Florence listened in silence and the excited boys filled in all the details. She then appreciated her class and further explained to them that they could help anybody in spite of their littleness when they joined hands with a willing and joyful heart. She asked all the children to hold hands of the one next to them and together they committed to do whatever they could do with the help of Jesus to help those in need.

Prayer: Father God, help me to be an inspiration to those around to live in unity and to help others in need with whatever I can. For with Your grace, nothing is impossible! Angeline Mariyosh

Angeline serves as the Headmistress of GEMS English School (Junior Block), Sikaria and is married to Mariyosh who serves as the GEMS Communications Coordinator. angeline.ambrose@gmail.com

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TRINITY Understanding the Three in One No other subject in the entire universe demands and deserves our close attention than God Himself. It is because of the greatness of this subject. The more the subject becomes great and vital, the more complex it becomes. When someone comes into contact with the God of the Bible, actually the complexity of God becomes focal on one subject on which many Christians have puzzled for many years and still continue to get puzzled over it, and because of that a number of denominations have emerged too, that is none other than the Doctrine of Trinity. It is pretty 24

normal to struggle to understand the concept of Trinity – the relationship of the triune God – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. We cannot deny the importance of this subject since it is the foundation of our Christian life. It is often said from church pulpits that “‘Trinity’ is a very hard core subject to understand, so we should not dig deep into it and even if we do so, we won’t be able to comprehend it”. Sometimes we can hear people saying, “‘The secret things belong unto the LORD our God, but those things which are


revealed belong unto us’ (Deut. 29:29). Trinity is a secret thing which cannot be fathomed by the human mind”. Some people don’t want to talk about Trinity since they don’t understand the concept at all. Some (like ‘Only Jesus’ group) have misunderstood the concept of Trinity and argue to prove their case. Some people don’t even accept the concept of Trinity in the Bible. Many believers have hardly any idea regarding this matter of faith in their Christian life. This one concept of Christianity is viewed and figured out in many different angles, many a time the conclusion remains impending, as the pursuit carries over on and on. We are going to explore the greatness of God and His complexity with our focus on the Unity of Trinity – the triune nature of God in this article and try and understand the essence of it in the light of the Scriptures and also along with some reasonable

logics (keeping some apologetics premises in mind). What is ‘Trinity’? In fact, the word ‘Trinity’ is not found in the pages of the Bible, nor does it try to prove the Trinitarian nature of God. Nevertheless, we can see the concept of Triune God – i.e. God working in three personalities – throughout the Bible. Trinity is one in three and three in one at the same time. It may seem to be complicated to grasp in our mind. In reality, the concept of Trinity is very easy to comprehend. It demands some sorts of logical efforts and of course, to some extent, faith. One in three means one person acts upon three different roles in different places and in different situations. (There is always a danger in believing only on this view) In this juncture, God is One and He has played the role of God Jehovah (i.e. Father) in the Old Testament and the same God

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played the role of Jesus Christ in the New Testament and after Jesus Christ ascended to heaven the same God descended upon the believers on the day of Pentecost in the form of the Holy Spirit. For instance, a man can be a son to his parents, a husband to his wife and at the same time father to his children. That is what ‘Only Jesus’ group believe in. Three in One is the concept where three Gods work together in order to fulfill a specific task. If God is looked only into this view, then there is a demand and danger of accepting three Gods (just like ‘tri-moorthy’ concept in the mythology of Hinduism). It is three different gods coming together to fulfill a stipulated task. But, Trinity is Threein-One and One-in-Three at the same time, which makes out a great deal of difference from the above concepts as they are viewed individually. There 26

are three simple statements that explain ‘Trinity’ as follows:  God the Father is not God the Son, nor is he God the Holy Spirit.  God the Son is not God the Father, nor is he God the Spirit.  God the Spirit is not God the Father, nor is he God the Son. How to understand the ‘Trinity’ of God? Many a time we tend to think that Trinity cannot be understood by human mind that is to say that the finite man cannot understand the things of infinite God. This understanding demands a question, ‘If something that is fundamental / foundational for our belief/faith cannot be understood clearly, how can we stand firm on it when it is challenged?’ In other words, if we do not know where


the basement or foundation is, (in order to construct building), how can we build the super-structure? Will it stand firm when it rains heavily, flood comes, wind blows and beats upon the building? Is there any surety? (Mat. 7:24-27; Luke 6:47-49). When ‘Trinity’ is the foundation for our faith in God, and of course every Christian doctrine is saturated with the concept of it, how can a believer live an unshakable faith-life if he does not perceive it clearly? Has God left this concept vague, obscure or mysterious that His children cannot (or should not) have clear picture? Not so. There is an obvious foundation, and if we carefully look into it we can surely figure it out, upon which we can build the super-structure. Partial Illustrations for Trinity: It is very clear from the pages of the Bible that our Lord Jesus Christ has taught most of the spiritual things through parables or illustrations of simple things around us, because He knew very well that His disciples (including us) would not be able to comprehend the spiritual things directly and they are beyond our understanding (Matt. 13:34,35; Mark 4:13, 33; John 16:12,13). Therefore, it is vivid that we must understand the things of God through the medium of

physical things. It is obvious that the physical things in the visible world cannot lucidly and fully illustrate the spiritual things of the invisible world. Let us try to understand the concept of trinity keeping this in mind. We might have heard people illustrating Trinity of Godhead by the things like water, coconut, lamp, egg, flower, etc. If we carefully have a keen observation, these things actually do not illustrate or demonstrate the trinity of God fully and logically. They are all partial examples for explaining the trinity of God. You may be puzzled and perplexed, don’t panic, you’ve got it. Water: It is normally in the liquid form, when it is boiled it evaporates in the form of steam and when it is cooled down, it becomes ice. Liquid, Steam and Ice are three different stages of water. Likewise, God is in three different personalities. Isn’t it a fantastic illustration for Trinity? Hold on…

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What is Trinity? Three in one and one in three! Three are God and all of them have the same characteristics, attributes, qualities, features and essence. But here water does not have the same features when turns into different forms. In the same, Coconut has three parts – the outer husk & shell, the inner white kernel and the coco water. Ahh… three are not the same; they are different from one another. But in the case of Trinity they are not different in any feature, but purpose. In the case of water, the purpose differs when its form changes, but their features do not match. The examples of lamp, egg and flower are also the same kind. Of course, they are composed of three things, but they are not the same like God in Trinity. The Right Illustrations of Trinity: When God created the world in the Beginning what did He create first? The Bible is very clear in saying that God has no beginning and no end, i.e. God is the Beginning and the End (Alpha and Omega or Aleph and Tov). How did God begin the world? He first created the Time and the Space. God cannot be contained or limited in the time and space. The timeless and spaceless God 28

created the beginning of time first and then He created the matter with space. Consider these two things: Time has three tenses – Present, Past and Future. Can we explain each tense individually as a single entity? Yes, we can! Can we separate them from one another? No, we can’t at all! For instance, without past, can we tell the present time? No. Can we tell the future time without present? No. Can we tell the past time without present time? No. That is what Trinity is all about! God is ONE (just like TIME) and at the same time THREE (just like three TENSES). In the Triune Godhead, three are ONE but at the same time THREE are different from one another! Now let us come to space. How can we measure the space? It has three entities – Length, Breadth and Height! Can you explain them individually? Yes, we can! Can we separate from one another? No, not at all! This


reflects the tri-unity of God – Trinity! Take man as an example. God created man in His own image and likeness (Gen. 1:26,27). What is His image and likeness? We can bring out many things from the Bible passages that what is God’s image and likeness. One of them is the way man has been created – Body, Soul and Spirit altogether we call him man, right? Can we explain each one of them

greatest examples to explain as to why God should be a triune God. We all know and strongly believe that the basic attribute or characteristic of God is love. Imagine, if God was all alone, to whom would he have showed his love, since love is not a passive feeling, but it has to be shared / shown to someone else. Of course, there must be someone to share it with. Imagine, God created

separately? Yes, we can! Can we separate one from the others and have a man fully? No, not at all! This is what Trinity is all about! We can explain the Father individually, the Son individually and the Holy Spirit individually, but we cannot separate one from the other. Trinity works with such a unity with community in reality! Why Trinity? ‘Love’ is one of the

angels or human being in order to show His love and prove that He is love. Can He be God at all? God is NOT dependent, He is Independent! If God were dependent on somebody, He could never be God at all. In order to prove that He is love, there must be someone in the eternity (not the angels or any created beings) to share His love and He must also be (equal to) God. That is how God can prove that He is 29


love. Okay! Now, there are only two personalities sharing Godhead. Can God’s love be perfect when shared with two persons? No! Logically there must at least be three in order for the love to be perfect and in fullness. For instance, imagine that when there are two persons loving each other fully and perfectly. Now comes a third person. Can the first one love the third one just as the second one does and can the third one love the second one just as he does with the first one? In human point of view, it is impossible! When it becomes possible, it is the perfect love in wholeness and fullness. That is the love of God! Three persons – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit – love one another in the same degree of love which is Perfect Love! Therefore, God must be at least three in one person with the same qualities and essence. 30

The Word of God says that if we have to prove something is true or false (right or wrong), we need at least two witnesses (Exodus 31:18; 32:15; Deut. 17:6; 19:15; Matt. 18:16; 26:60; John 8:17; 2 Cor. 13:1; 1 Tim. 5:19; Heb. 10:28). God in order to prove His existence, has two eternal witnesses. The Son of God Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit are the two witnesses for the eternal existence of the Father and vice versa. We all must know that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are eternal, co-existing, all powerful, all knowing, present everywhere, perfect in holiness, so on and so forth. Now question comes, if that is so, why the Father is portrayed as if superior, the Son Jesus Christ is picturized as if inferior to the Father whereas superior to the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit is presented as if inferior to both the personalities, the Father and the Son? This is where many Christians get confused in understanding the concept of the Triune Godhead. It demands our undivided attention to comprehend this concept. As it is mentioned already that Trinity is One-in-


Three and Three-in-One, All three Godheads are One in essence, qualities, characteristics, attributes, will and purpose, but three are different in role play, responsibility, action and so on. Here comes the hierarchy! The concept of subordination along with coordination comes into play when role and responsibility involve in order for accomplishing a sole purpose. This is where the reality of theunity of trinity in the community of God should be recognized and realized evidently. For example, there are three friends studying in a college. They are of the same age, study in the same school from the beginning, scored equal grades in all subjects, equal in their IQ level, graduated on the same day with equal grades and finally three of them together have a goal to achieve. They start an institution to achieve that goal. What role each one of them would play and what responsibility each one would hold? Common understanding is that all of them cannot have the same role, same responsibility to progress towards the purpose, right? In accordance with the role they play, definitely and undeniably there should be subordination along with coordination. No way they are inferior or superior to each other, but when get into role and responsibility, it is mandatory.

Our learning and understanding of the Trinity demands that we as God’s children live in unity, and practice godly love. “And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” (John 17:22) “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35) Christopher Murugan

Christopher serves as the In-charge of GEMS Leadership Training Centre and is married to Christial who serves at the GEMS Sikaria Zonal office. geechristopherglm@gmail.com

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New Gen Thinking

Walls

Build or Break? C.S. Lewis said, ‘Seek Unity and you will find neither Unity nor Truth. Seek the light of truth, and you will find Unity and Truth.’ It is imperative that we know the truth that there may be unity within and without. Unity in essence needs to be experienced within a person (aligning oneself with God’s word), with people and in God’s purpose.

us to build on the foundation of Christ. Then comes the walls which serve as protection.

Sensing the need for more space in our expanding family, my father began to build the upper floor of our house. The first construction work to be done was to build the outer walls. This taught me a lesson. Since the foundation of the house has been already laid, now it only required that the outer walls to be built first. Similarly, as we begin to build our lives, the Bible exhorts

“Before I built a wall I’d ask to know

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Robert Frost in his poem ‘Mending Walls’ says that some people build walls because they believe in the age old saying, “good fences make good neighbours” and he goes on to point out that,

What I was walling in or walling out, And to whom I was like to give offence.” He is pointing out to the necessity of knowing the purpose of building the wall in the first place. To make my points let


me use the various walls historically built around the world. Walls of Ston The Walls of Ston in the City of Ston of Southern Croatia was originally built to protect the precious salt pans that contributed to the wealth of Dubrovnik. Jesus says in Matthews 5:13 (NIV), “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”

protect the walls of our inner life that we may not lose our saltiness by being corrupted by this world, but to escape it, by constantly reminding ourselves that we are called to be partakers of the divine nature. (2 Peter 1:4) Wailing Wall

The Western Wall or the Wailing Wall at Jerusalem is a historical site known for the practice of Jews weeping at the site over the destruction of the Temples. This wall is the remains of the Second Jewish Temple which was built in the place of the first Temple built by King Solomon. This wall is a right reminder of the great truth written by Paul in 1 Corinthians 6:19,20, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honour God with your bodies.” Paul lays How much then it is another truth before saying this, necessary for us as Christians to in 1 Corinthians 3:17, “If anyone This world and all its moral institutions that are falling apart needs Christians who can witness Christ’s character through their lives. It is only by living out Christ-like nature can our societies be preserved from moral and social extinction and can enjoy the right flavours of life.Let me quote the Message translation of the above verse which makes the point clear, “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness...”

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destroys God’s temple, God will (4:29), bitterness (4:31), being destroy that person; for God’s unforgiving (4:32), and sexual temple is sacred, and you together immorality (5:3-5). are that temple.” When we truly honour Our body is God’s temple God through our body, the wailing and we are called to honour walls of our life will be restored God with our bodies. Both our and transformed into rejoicing. physical and spiritual wellbeing is God’s concern and has to Great Wall of China become our priority too. When One of the most famous we do not uphold the honour walls which is claimed to be of our bodies we commit it to visible from the moon is the Great destruction. Eating healthily, Wall of China. Like many other resting sufficiently, exercising walls built around the world, this adequately are ways in which we was built for defence purpose; to can honour this temple of God. protect the borders of the Chinese More than the physical Empire from the invading tribes destruction of the Temple, the of the north. This teaches us great saddest thing is when the glory of lessons on the necessity to build God left the temple as the Bible walls of defence and protection records from chapters 10-12 of in our lives and families. Ezekiel. We need to be careful The changing social not to grieve the indwelling norms, culture and trends Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30) and constantly challenge us and we should identify such elements find ourselves in a dilemma and do away with them. Paul whether to accept or reject. in Ephesians mentions these Proverbs 22:28 (MSG) warns us elements that can grieve the Holy in this context, “Don’t stealthily Spirit, lying (4:25), anger (4:26move back the boundary lines 27), stealing (4:28), cursing 34


against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” This armour in essence is about being equipped and growing in salvation, truth, righteousness, witnessing lifestyle, faith and word of God. Berlin Wall

staked out long ago by your ancestors.” This calls us to value those cultural and social boundaries marked and respected by the bygone generations. Modernity doesn’t mean immorality. We are in a danger of losing our values as we begin to compromise on godly values. It is necessary that we discuss and debate these values within our families and in our churches and to come to a consensus in accordance to God’s word and through God-given wisdom.

The last in this series is the Berlin Wallwhich was a barrier that divided Berlin in Germany. This unlike the other walls that need to build, is a wall that needs to be broken down. We need to break down every element that causes divisions within our families, churches and team. Constant introspection and continuous crucifixion of our ‘self’ is necessary to see this wall successfully broken down. Pride, position, power and prejudice are those elements that often blind and harden our hearts towards not humbling us to achieve this. Let us be careful to not allow these to mar our Christlikeness.

We are also attacked by the unseen forces that are constantly at war with our godliness. That’s why Paul encourages us in Ephesians 6:11,12 (NIV) to, “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand

Paul exhorts to the church at Ephesus, “For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments 35


contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near.” (Ephesians 2:14-17) And he goes on to say that in Christ we are like a whole building being fitted together and built together (Eph 2:21,22). We who are built in Christ and built together also need to break down walls of separation, that there may be unity. Summarizing the purpose of believers, Paul again writes in Ephesians, “speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head— Christ— from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.” (4:15,16) 36

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exhorts us, “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.” Even as we break down these walls of division, hatred, prejudice we begin to experience more safety within the walls of God’s name (Proverbs 18:10). “Above all else, guard your heart,for everything you do flows from it.” (Proverbs 4:23 NIV) May the Lord help you to build strong the walls to guard your heart, that the course of your life may be divinely determined. So that you may come to a place of building the broken walls of others’ lives and their families and the society at large and proclaim the clarion call of unity in purpose, “Come, let us rebuild the wall…” (Nehemiah 2:17 NIV). Mariyosh Joseph Mariyosh serves as the GEMS Communications Coordinator & Chief Editor of The CALL. He is also involved with the Kingdom Building Ministries of GEMS. He is married to Angeline who serves as the Headmistress of GES (Junior Block), Sikaria. mariyosh@gemsbihar.org


Standing @ the GAP

No government subcommittee envisioned it; No social organization developed it; Marriage was conceived and born in the mind of God! Marriage is gifted and blessed by God from the beginning of creation. The Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone, I will make him a helper comparable to him”. Genesis 2:18. The first man on earth Adam loved his wife Eve. The soul mate gifted by God will get along in all situations, but the soul mate selected by oneself may not fit well in life situations, and may end up hurting each other.

- Max Lucado

The Creator who has created us has also created our better half and He is the one who brings both the halves together in the right place at the right time. My preference of order in marriage is ‘marry and then love’ rather than ‘love and then marry’. This has been followed in Bible. Genesis 24: 67 “Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent; and he took Rebekah and she became his 37


wife, and he loved her.” My thoughts and opinions go along with my husband’s most of the time whether it is concerning morning breakfast or major family decisions. But there were also times when our thoughts and opinions differed. This happens because God unites two different poles together with different thoughts and character. When I got married, I could not get along with the likes and dislikes of my husband in the beginning. My dream was to live in a separate house as a nuclear family. But after marriage I entered my husband’s house of six members. My thought was that they would 38

leave after a few days, but the first request made by my husband was that his sister was a widow and I should never hurt her. And that sister-in-law, her children and my husband’s parents would stay with us. It was completely against my wishes and desires. It took around 4-5 months to cope up. But after that I could clearly see the will of God. He used me to bring my husband’s family to Christ; though my dream was not fulfilled I was used by Him to fulfill His will. When I entered my husband’s family none of them knew God, but when we left the family for ministry everyone in the house had become strong believers in Christ. God blessed


those ten years. Then God called us to join His ministry in Bihar. God moulded both of us wonderfully. In marriage we should never come to a conclusion that we won’t get along. God given spouse is always a strong pillar in our life; always leading us towards the best for the family.Marriage is two imperfect people living together without giving up on each other. Ego is the greatest enemy in a marriage life and the only medicine is humbleness and understanding to give up and adjust. The more ego gets in between the two, the more it takes each spouse apart from

each other. It is one of the major reasons Christian couples fail to keep up their vows till the end. Satan uses ego and disappointments as his powerful tool to stop holy generations to sprout. Ego makes us lose everything, but gain nothing. Are we trustworthy to our spouse? According to Proverbs 31:11,12 “The heart of her husband safely trusts her, so he will have no lack of gain.She does him good and not evil, All the days of her life”. Her husband will praise “Many daughters have done well, but you excel them all.” Proverbs 31:29. Bible says in Proverbs 12: 3, “An excellent wife is the crown of her husband.” Be an 39


excellent wife! Moses was a meek person before God. Before his calling he was a murderer. But still God chose him for His work. When he received the Ten Commandments in his hands, he broke it when he saw his people sinning. Though he did it out of love and respect towards God he did not respect the word of God that was in his hand. Still God overlooked his shortcomings and blessed him and also used him powerfully. This can be applied in marriage life too. No one is 40

perfect. Though our life partner is given by God still they can act in their flesh, but we should own God’s character as seen in Moses’ life. It will be best to keep our problems together at His feet, to forgive and forget it and not to bring it back again in any conversations or situations. Whatever great mistakes it may be, we should learn to forgive


and increase the love towards our Always remember that marriage partner. is God-ordained and the couple Bible says that in whom God has made one in Him Ephesians 5:25 & 33, “Husbands are made purely by the will of love your wives, even as Christ God. So anything that happens also loved the Church and gave can never be wrong in our life. himself for it. And the wife should This will help us to move forward see that she reveres her husband�. with greater understanding and unity to build the kingdom of Compulsion God and to fulfill His purpose. should not be the anchor of marriage life. It should be held Packiyarani Stephen together by love, protection, Packiyarani serves as understanding and freedom. the Principal of GEMS School of Nursing and Situations may come where we is married to Stephen may even need to change our character to get along with each other.

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Dichotomy in Calling:

Unifying Skills & Spiritual Gifts to Serve

One morning you wake up and see that there is a serious competition between your head and heart, hands and feet, thumb and little finger, and so on. Each organ suddenly discovers its significance in human body and starts disintegrating and begins operating on its own. It sounds creepy. Imagine you get ready and go to the car, and the parts of the car begin moving apart and operating on their own— the steering steering away, the wheels moving in four 42

directions, the engine running on its own, and so on—and your efforts to assemble them goes in vain as each wants to do its own work in its own way and not in coordination with the other parts, and, thus, rebelling against its maker/ owner. Secular or Sacred? As farfetched as these analogies may sound, the state of the blood-bought church today is similar to this. As if denominational, doctrinal,


linguistic, and other numerous barriers are not enough, there are also divisions based on work and calling, such as parttime and fulltime, secular and spiritual, and so on. It is a sad, prevalent but unspoken, reality that not only is the calling on a person’s life is rated by what one achieves, how famous one becomes, and so on but also the gifts of the Holy Spirit are being hierarchized. We generally see people esteemingspiritual work over secular work, fulltime ministry over part-time ministry, church work over office or home work because of certain misconceptions, and these wrong beliefs have their roots in ancient cultures and

traditions, where the priest was considered as equal to god, and service to priest is service to god. But the Bible says that we, as believers, are “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that [we] may declare the praises of him who called [us] out of darkness into his wonderful light (I Pet 2:9). We are “called”: just the fact that God the maker of heaven and earth, who has tens of thousands of angels to attend to him, “calls” us is mind-boggling. He calls us for a purpose. He calls us to be his followers. Not only are we called but we are bestowed with the service and gifts (1 Cor 12:4-10) to fully and successfully accomplish our purpose on earth.And the goodnews is,the gifts and calling are irrevocable (Rom 11: 29). Why Work? First of all, “work” shouldn’t be seen as something wrong. “Work,” as generally misunderstood, is not associated with the curse that came with the fall of Adam, but “toil” is. Work was given 43


to man by God: “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it” (Gen 2:15). However, while God sees work as a stewardship, the world sees it as a means to making money. God calls each one of us with a purpose, and we are given gifts and services that can be directed toward accomplishing that purpose. Below I highlight a few instances where people were doing work that the Christian world usually does not consider as God’s work. But when we see the words used (in bold), we are inclined to think otherwise. Is my work a Calling? 44

The Bible says this regarding Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: “To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds (Dan 1:17). The similar thing is spoken of Bezalel, Ohaliab, and the workers: “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri…and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills—to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze,to cut and set stones, to work


in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts. Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, to help him. Also I have given ability to all the skilled workers to make everything I have commanded you:the tent of meeting, the ark of the covenant law with the atonement cover on it, and all the other furnishings of the tent…’” (Ex 31:1-7). Of Jeremiah: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Of Jesus Christ himself: “… God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and…he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God

was with him” (Acts 10:38). Of David: “The Lord said to Samuel, ‘…Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king’” (I Sam 16: 1). I Kings 19: 6 says, “Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet.” Luke 9:1 says, “When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.” I have given very few examples of the varied ways in which God “called,” “anointed,” “gave” skill or power to His people to accomplish their God-given 45


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purpose in their lifetime. Here we see prophets, kings, craftsmen, evangelists, king’s aidsmen, and so on; we see different kinds of people, different kinds of position, different kinds of work, different kinds of skills, but the common thing is, they were all from the same source—God—and all of them were specifically“called” to do their parts. Our human mind always has a tendency to place one thing over the other and compare; but as spiritually minded people, we are to see that every little thing that we do is a part of a whole. No gift should be exalted over the other, no calling should be exalted over the other, and likewise nowork should be esteemed high over 46

So it is our responsibility to first know the “calling” on our life. Then, identify the God-given gifts in us and the specific service toward which our Father has called us. Then, we need to work toward sharpening those gifts and begin working in that service. Then, as a result, we’ll be a blessing to the body of Christ and to the unbelievers. God has called some of us to be pastors, doctors, teachers, prophets, nurses, engineers, maids, writers, media persons, homemakers, bureaucrats, and so on. If we realize that it is God who has called us into these services and has granted the required


gifts specifically to accomplish these work, then not a single day we will work with a heavy heart or with grumbling and murmuring. Never ever compare your gifts, callings, and services with that of the others. Romans 12: 3-9 further speaks of how we are parts of one body and that all members do not have the same function. If God has given me a gift of preaching and I do it with an intention that doesn’t please God, I’m doing my “duty” but this is not an offering pleasing and acceptable to God. On the other hand, if I’m a teacher, and I consider my work as God’s calling and I do it every day with a sincere smile on my face, a tender touch, with comforting and encouraging words, being grateful that God has called me to do this, and without malice, contempt, or grumbling, God accepts this service as a pleasing offering. For His Glory

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idealistic when I say that we should have the above attitude always, but when Paul encourages slaves to be faithful to their masters, he says “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men,knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve” (Col 3:23, 24). Know this every time you begin your work: you are doing it as unto God, who doesn’t have a weak memory to forget blessing you or who isn’t jealous about your growth or who doesn’t show favoritism or who is short of resources to deny your due. Maybe you are helping the elderly, maybe you’re in health sector, maybe you’re voicing out injustices, maybe you’re into administration, or maybe you are cooking food 47


for your unrepentant husband or rebelling children,do it as to the Lord. “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them� (Hebrews 6: 10)

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you would have realized one thing: where is the line between secular and sacred, and between part time and full time. To put it plainly, there is no dividing line at all. We belong TOTALLY to God, and that includes our knowledge, skills, money, time, family, and so on. When we are always conscious of who we 48

are and what we are chosen and called for, we become conscious of our walk, our talk, our dressing, our driving, our relationships, our eating, and our lifestyle on the whole. Thus, reflecting Christ in our life will become as automatic as our breathing.

Be the Light in Darkness Sometimes we get into the mind-set that ministry is only worship-leading, preaching, teaching, house visiting, praying, and so on. Practically speaking, it is relatively difficult to bring people into the church, considering the religious beliefs and the caste-based


students, patients, and others. When we are faithful in honoring God, God never takes a backseat in honoring us. He gives us exceptional knowledge, wisdom to handle unique circumstances, peace amid chaos, creative ideas, supernatural ability to learn new skills, and so on. And when the unbelievers wonder, how we should take our stand and confess why we were able to do what we did. The exhortation of Paul to Timothy in 2 Timothy 4: 2 (“Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction”) is not for preachers and evangelists alone.It is for every believer in Christ. “Be my witnesses” is as important a command of Jesus as “preach and teach the gospel” is.

ideologies prevalent in our country,than us, the living church, reaching out to people by being the hands and feet of Jesus. We are the light of the world. A light’s true worth is fully realized in pitch darkness.So wherever we are planted, be it a hospital, software firm, public office, church, school, and so on, we should continue to serve in the realization that we are “in this world” but we are “not of this world.”“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for Be Prepared us to do” (Eph 2:10). Now that I’ve insisted By emphasizing the that we are called by God to do part of our “being” Christ- our work, our responsibility like in our workplaces, I do lies in preparing ourselves not overlook the fact that we just as how we prepare must boldly confess and share ourselves if we have to do an our faith to our coworkers, open-air meeting, or conduct a 49


who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work” (John 9:4).

worship session, or preach or do evangelistic work. When we prepare ourselves likewise, we will use every single opportunity we get to make Jesus known. It may be in us loving the unlovable, helping the weak, speaking for the vulnerable, sharing, caring, distributing simple gifts of love, forwarding encouraging text messages and words of God, praying for them, showing compassion, listening to them (in our sharing, we shouldn’t become impatient to their talking), choosing a perfect wallpaper, using PostIt notes with short prayers or Bible verses, and so on. Let your creativity loose and also ask God for innovative ideas so that we may be able to present the Gospel. We have to do God’s work now. As Jesus said, “As long as it is day, we must do the works of him 50

It is my prayer that every believer see their worth/value as an individual, in that we were redeemed with an invaluable price, and their immense, incomparable power as a church (body of Christ), in that it was bought with the same precious blood of Jesus to do mighty works on earth. Each one has a part to play, and every part is as significant as the other. The world has questions, and we alone have the answer; the world has problems and we alone have the solution; and the world has shut doors and we alone have the one master key—JESUS CHRIST. How can we be silent? Let our life be a worship, pleasing and honorable to God. Let Jesus alone be the center of our lives. Let our spirit, soul, and body and everything that is ours and all that we do be directed toward the one focus of glorifying God and saving the lost. Let our prayers be “May these words of my mouth and


this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer” (Ps 19:14),may our mindset be “I must be about My Father’s business” (Luke 2:49), and may our attitude be we are members of the body of Christ and we need each other and every other believer’s gift and services to fulfill God’s will on earth. Let’s pray every day, “Lord let Your kingdom come and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven and use me in any way you seem best

for the advancement of your kingdom”. SumithraJayaraj Sumithra cofacilitates PROFIT (PROfessionals Fellowship of International Talents), a global network for Christian professionals. She is married to Peter Jayaraj who serves as the Designated Regional Director of GEMS Southern Region. sumithra@gemsbihar.org

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“Go in the strength you have…” (Judges 6:14)

GEMS Multispecialty Hospital

GEMS Hospital in Bihar serves with the motto “Caring is our Calling” and provides medical care to thousands of people through its General and Surgical OP, IP, Eye, Dental, Physiotherapy and Diagnostic Lab departments. 1. Opening for medical and paramedical staff. 2. An URGENT requirement is for a lady Doctor  (MBBS / MD / MS).

GEMS Institutions

Opportunity for graduates and post graduates (with or without B.Ed.) who are believers of Jesus Christ. We are looking for teachers, tutors and lecturers with the following qualifications to work in the reputed GEMS schools / ITI / Polytechnic colleges / Nursing School. 1. B.A./ M.A./ B.Sc. / M.Sc. / M.Com./ B.Ed. / M.Ed. / M.Phil. / Ph.D. (Any Subject) 2. B.E. (Civil/ Electrical/ Mechanical / Computer) 3. Diploma from Polytechnic College (Civil/ Electrical/ Mechanical/ Computer / Fashion Technology) 4. Plus 2 with Nursery Training and Spoken English

To apply send your CV to hr@gemsbihar.org and /or contact your nearest GEMS Action Centre. 52


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