Monday, December 31, 2012

Survival Instinct

“All of our actions come from a basic human survival instinct, which is in real sense, love for us.”
I still remember, when we went to one of the government hospitals for the vaccinations for our son, who was travelling to the US. In the reception area there was a counter to check the weight of the infants. The weighing hook was attached with a romper (shorts with the bib kind of a dress). A mother came to weigh her two months baby. We saw the baby was sleeping in her mom’s lap with all security,  she puts her baby in that bag, we noticed everything was normal but as soon as she hangs the bag on the hook again to get her weight, the baby pushed her hands and legs for survival and began to cry.
Why did the baby do so?
She felt insecure and tried to push herself in her capability for survival
You and I also do the same for our survival, 
Isn't it true!
Remember “All of our actions come from a basic human survival instinct, which is in real sense, love for us.”
We love our families, friends, relatives and neighbors too. Sometimes we love someone very special that we are ready to do anything for that person. In a way every one of us are precious for our loved ones. 
God also loves us as His family. We are so precious in God’s eye that is why He gave His only son that whosoever believes in Him will have eternal life.
Way back in year 2001, I struggle in my life to that extent that for me all roads were ending to the dead end. I was in this country (Tanzania), my son was studying in a missionary school, I was interacting with the people who knew Christ, still Christ was not shared with me. I needed Him so desperately; still He was kept away from me.
I am sure there were many people who would be praying for the salvation of the lost
I am sure there were many desiring God to save the Indians
I am sure this must be taking place, still I did not have even one person coming to me and sharing the love, healing and saving message of Christ.
Until one day when I broke completely God used a friend of mine, a non believer, she asked me to go and see a person and know how she get delivered of her trouble.
I will again repeat, “All of our actions come from a basic human survival instinct, which is in real sense, love for us.”
Will you ask me what my reaction to my friend’s suggestion was?
I ran for the solution!
Say – Love for us
Say – Survival instinct
Read Matthew 9:37-38
Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."
Jesus preached, healed and saved people.
Think – I was never visited by a believer but God used a non-believer, to tell me the way
Say - God can use any one
Say - Survival instinct
Think – what is our role in the kingdom of God
Read Romans 10:14-15
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"
Are you waiting for someone to send you?
Then I have good news for you
Read Matthew 28:19-20
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:  and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.
Jesus has given you a word for you to go and preach the good news. If you will not go He will use someone else. God is irrespective of a person. I am ready He will use me. You are ready, He will use you.
Say – love your neighbours as yourself
Say – Survival instinct
The night before Jesus was crucified Peter said three times that he did not know Jesus. Peter lied because he was afraid, but later he was so sorry that he cried. The same Peter changed completely when Jesus rose from the dead; he knew the truth about Him.
Read John 21:17
The third time he said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love me?"
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love me?" He said, "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you."                                    
Jesus said, "Feed my sheep.
Today, each one of us must ask the question: "Do I love Jesus Christ?"
Jesus could have asked Peter, “Are you a man of faith, do you hold an important office in the church, have you casted out devils" But He simply asked, "Simon, Son of Jonah, do you love me?"
Some people put their love in their work, their family, their ministries, and put Jesus on hold
Say – love Jesus
Say – survival instinct
What does it mean to Love Jesus?
It means to put Him first and obey Him
Read Psalm 2:7-8
I will proclaim the decree of the LORD: He said to me, "You are my Son;
today I have become your Father.
Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.
Loving Jesus means love His people
Whatever belongs to Jesus He gave to the one who believes in Him. He has chosen you and me to rule till the ends of the earth
We are all like that small baby who pushed herself for survival.
There is no one who came from heaven,
There is no one who died for you and me,
There is no one who rose from the dead for you and me.
Yes, there is no one but Jesus who came from heaven who died for you and me and He alone can give us the life and no one, because He alone rose from the dead the third day
Take your step, show the people who do not know Him
Tell them He loves them
Preach the good news of saving and healing message of Jesus Christ to the lost and unsaved
If anyone who can save us from the fire of hell is Jesus alone
Say – Jesus asks you, “Do you love me”
Say – Jesus commands, “Preach the saving message”
Prayer -
father in the name of Jesus
I pray as per Luke 10:2, use me for the kingdom of God and make me your faithful servant
In Jesus name

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