MESSAGE FROM THE VICAR

vicar-alone50 Loving greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

By God’s Grace we are nearing the end of the first quarter of the financial year 2014-2015. By the time it reaches you the Annual General Body would be over and the new committee would have taken charge of its responsibilities. Soon the year plan will be scheduled. The cooperation, Contribution and involvement of all families and members are essential for the successful implementation of our programmes and projects. All Organisations and Office Bearers and Committee Members should work together for the glory of God and the unity and progress of the Parish.

 

Our 10th and the Plus two students have received their results. Congratulations to all of them who have been blessed with good results. Now our children are starting a new academic year. A Syrian proverb says “True Wisdom is gazing at God”. Bible says that the ‘fear’ of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Friends, are you comfortable with the idea of fearing God? Fear in this context refers to ‘awe’, ‘reverence’, etc. The disciples were terrified when they heard God’s voice at the transfiguration (Matt.17:6). When Isaiah saw the vision of God he cried out, “Woe to me for I am Lost” (Isa.6:5). When John saw the vision of the Risen Christ he fell face down as though dead. (Rev.1:17)

Why does a God of love tell us that wisdom begins when we fear Him? When we approach the Holy God with a casual familiarity we may not take Him as seriously as we ought and we may not take our sin as seriously as we ought. It is not fear of punishment, but the overwhelming greatness of God that should capture our mind. Fear of the Lord is based on a true understanding of who we really are and who God really is. Wisdom does not end with fear. It prompts us to rearrange our lives and worship God. When we really understand who God is the natural response is to offer him whatever and what all we have. Let us lay ourselves before Him and say, “I am yours. Do with me as you will. I exist for your purposes and yours alone”. It is a wonderfully freeing truth. This realisation will prevent us from being dishonest and helps us delight in being truthful. A person who truly fears God will never exchange truth and integrity for name, fame, and gain. Often a desire to stay out of trouble or drive to get ahead or an obsession about self image prompts a person to be dishonest. Remember, ours is a God of integrity. He is not silent when the truth needs to be revealed. He demands this standard from everyone of his Children. As a parish let us resolve to follow this example in our parish life. May the Holy Spirit guide us and strengthen us to be His true witnessess.

With Prayers and Best Wishes

Your’s in Christ’s Service

Jaims Thomas Achen

Marthoma Church coimbatore