To be His children

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I have received an overwhelming welcome as I accept the new role and responsibilities given to me. And I am grateful for every member of our community who is striving to live out the call to discipleship that Jesus offers. As I pray for each one, it is of equal importance to nurture Jesus’ call in your life by encouraging you to be deeply rooted in His Word. While each may be reading and reflecting on God’s Word personally, we build a sense of unity and purpose as we reflect and meditate on common passages that follow a particular theme set for the entire community.

With this in mind, I hope to provide a reflection a month, accompanied by discussion questions that are to be shared at one of the household meetings during the month. This we shall start from March 2012.

As I reflect on our call to be a members of CFCI following comes to my mind.

“ For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to son-ship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—“ Ephesians 1:4-5

This is the purpose of every person – to become the adopted children of God in Jesus. Once legally adopted that person becomes an heir and part of the family. Nothing is beyond his reach or possession. And God, wanting to give out of His riches, has done whatever is required for us to become His children in Jesus because it pleases Him.

Out of the vast population of our country (120 crores of people), God has chosen only a few (2%) to draw the rest of our nation to Himself. Those few can change the face of our country if we heed Jesus’ words (Matthew 5:13): “You are the salt of the earth.” God knows the measure of salt our country needs, and He has measured it out. Out of the small percentage that we are, a handful have been “chosen and appointed” (John 15:16) to be “heralds of God’s Good News” of “love, life and family.” We, the community of CFCI are the handful, that Jesus has chosen, much like He chose His disciples “whom He loved” (Mark 3:13) He has chosen us to be messengers because He loved us, and we must be faithful in carrying His message.

My dream for every member of CFCI is that you become like the Jews mentioned in Zechariah 8:23-24 where [10] people from different tribes and tongues will take hold of one Jew and say “Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.” By interacting with us they should say “We have seen and we have heard that God is with you.” Our lives must give people an experience of the generous love of God.

The only way that people can experience God through us is if we choose to live in relationship with Him and allow Him to mould us and perfect us into His image and likeness – to be His children.

The theme for this year, 2012 is

THERE IS NO CONDEMNATION FOR THOSE WHO ARE IN CHRIST JESUS” – Romans 8:1

About Arthadathil Varkey Jose

Country Servant of India and Mission co-ordinator of South India and East India Hindi Mission.

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