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and thus brought many sons to glory (Heb 2: 10,11). When Jesus was a helpless Baby, God sent His angel to save Him. But when He became a man, God forsook Him to make His own decisions. At times when we are helpless and weak and run into rough weather, God will certainly help us miraculously, but other times God expects us to wilfully choose His will. Satan will show us all the glories of the world and promise to give us “all” and coddle us that we may not fall to the ground and die. Sadly many have fallen at his feet to worship him. Today they are blessed by him and made to believe they are God's blessing. The sure sign that all your blessings are from God is your death to worldly gain and pleasure. Today if God tells you, 'Sell all, give to the poor, take up your cross and follow Me,' what will be your response? Will it rattle your spine with fear? The disciples sold their possessions (because they loved not the world) and kept them at the Apostles “feet,” because they were also dead to riches. By faith Moses 'left' not 'got' (Heb 11). Faith is leaving, not cleaving. Our missionary Peter Luis left his job in the Gulf and along with his wife Elizabeth and two little daughters settled in a God-forsaken place in Maharashtra. He is now multiplying like yeast. Missionary Ponniah and his wife Satyavathi pushed themselves to cross unfamiliar thresholds in the jungles of Odisha and gave birth to numerous churches. They taught to read and write to knots of men in the night and brought hope and dignity to hundreds. These people were willing to fall down and die on dirty soil. Like Peter, our well meaning friends and relatives may put a block to our death. We tell them we want to renounce the world, we want to give away a substantial portion of our wealth to God's work, we want to resign our prestigious job and serve God, we want to dedicate a child for ministry, they “rebuke” us that such a thing should not happen to us (Mt 16:22). We do not have the guts to tell the relative/friend/disciple, “Get behind me satan.” “Don't be foolish,” they tell us. “We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us,” says Mr. Joseph Campbell. It is jumping into the unknown. When my relative was told that I was going to marry a preacher she told me, “So you are going to take a tambourine and go on the street.” Thank God, that did not discourage me. People have said I wasted one medical seat. I don't think so. My medical knowledge is fully utilized in God's service. It had been a bumpy beginning, but so much had come full circle. If I died now, I would think that I made the best out of my life. There are many ways by which we think we can please God. But do we try to please Him the way He wants? Martha wanted to please Jesus by her cooking. But Mary pleased Him the way He wanted. I don't in the least mean that all of us should resign our earthly jobs to serve God fulltime. No. We need the basic amenities of life. But all of us must fall to the ground and die, that we may not suffer loneliness, but produce plenty of grain. Jesus said: “Here I am … I have come to do Your will, My God”(Heb 10:7). All of us must tell God this and proceed to do His will. Heart of hearts we know the will of God for us, but we seek loopholes to wriggle out to do our own will. Risk indeed; but big rewards go to those who take big risks. Only a small percentage does this, and that is the remnant. May be you have fallen to the ground and weeping, “How long Lord, how long?” Wait. Keep putting one foot in front of the other towards your next goal, with faith, prayer and trust. Charles Spurgeon said, “By perseverance the snail reached Noah's Ark.” “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come” (Mk 4 : 26-29). You need patience brother, sister. You cry about your dirty situation; you complain about the way you are treated but you don't realize it is the dirty “soil produces grain.” Winning is often the result of persistence, of not giving up when | March 2020 | Page 05