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Church Directory ... Message from PC Secretary

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
We are chosen…!!
The Bible says, we are chosen by God and we are His own people(1 Peter 2:9). Why we are chosen? Jesus said, “I chose you and appointed you so that you should go and bear fruit” (John 15:16). It isa great privilege to receive such a nomination from our Lord, but it is also a highly responsible task, because we should bear fruit and thatfruit should remain within us. Which kind of fruit is being expected from us? They are nothing but the fruit of the Spirit as narrated by Paul (Galatians 5:22-23). This spiritual fruit has nine forms such as love,joy, peace, longsuffering and so on. The question is can we bear at least four or five of them? In order to bear such fruits, we should organize our body, mind and spirit so as to nurture ourselves with the abundance of life.

Imagine a tree with beautiful and delicious fruits which nourishes and cherishes the passers-by. If we are spiritually fruitful, anybody who approaches us could feel the taste of Godly virtues, and they will consider us as the specially chosen people. That is what God expects from us. He also insists that we remain in fruitfulness. A reward was also offered for those who bear fruits; God may give you whatever you ask in the name of Jesus (John 15:16). During elections, we choose the candidates with some expectations, considering their commitment and sincerity to fulfil their responsibilities. God has great expectations in us. If we fail to reach up to His expectations, we may face the fate of the fruitless fig tree as seen in the Gospel according to Mark (11: 12-14). Yes, our Lord is often searching for the fruit in us, especially when we are in a luxurious and flourishing situation. If we are unable to bear any fruits, he will be sad and disappointed. Mathew reminds us, ‘every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire (Mathew 3:10, 7:19). Paul gives a long list of bad fruits such as adultery, fornication, uncleanliness and so on (Galatians5:19-21). We are not at all expected to bear such worldly worthless fruits, which will invite curse and we will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

Ancient Israelites were so proud that they considered only themselves as ‘God’s own people’ and such a thought was often their private pride. Thus they kept a distance from others which in turn placed themselves away from God. Now it is our turn, who are always proud to be ‘God’s own people and chosen by Him’. This fact should remain within us as an alert sign, so that we can trim and prune ourselves to bear more fruits with better quality.

Saju George Varghese
Secretary, Pastorate Committee
St. James CSI Malayalam Church