Alpha and Omega
A question that many of us may have pondered about at some point in our lives is what happens when we die. As human beings, we imagine and think of things in a finite sense. We are used to cycles, to beginnings and endings, to birth and death. We remember our children’s milestones- their first word, their first steps, their first smile etc. It is of little surprise that we are inclined to think of spiritual things in a similar way.
God says in Revelation 1:8, “I am the Alpha and Omega… who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty”. It is difficult for our human minds to comprehend that God existed before creation of the world. He is the Beginning, the Alpha, the Origin, and the Creator. Our spiritual transformation occurs when God intervenes and becomes the Alpha of our lives. He is there at the start of the day, the start of a new journey, the start of a new life or a new career. He delights and rejoices when we place him first and foremost in our lives. His hand is ever-ready to guide us when we seek him concerning any major decision in our lives, for he knows what is best for us.
Omega is the last letter of the Greek alphabet. It is synonymous with conclusion, culmination and perfection. Our God has the final say and we, as Christians, should never forget that our earthly lives will come to an end and that there will be a day of final judgement. God will sit on his throne and will restore his people; he will have the final word. He is the writer and concluder of our book called Life. As is said in 2 Corinthians 2:9 “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him,” We rest assured in and look forward to this hope of eternal life in him.
God, our Alpha, knew of us even before we were conceived. He knew our spiritual journeys even before they began. He is preparing an ending for us which is difficult for our human minds to fathom. An infinite future awaits us and his infinite wisdom determines how it will all end. That is the beauty of our Omega. Is he the Alpha and Omega in your life today?READ MORE
What jesus did to Us
The most significant and important event in the history of mankind is the day when Christ arrived on earth to present himself as a living sacrifice for everyone. We are made right with God through his sacrificial offering because we are unworthy in flesh to seek him who lives in holiness. Jesus not only bore our iniquities but also our infirmities on the cross. His atonement for our sins brings us salvation and his priceless blood cleanses, sanctifies and justifies us. It is unknown of any other man who willingly sacrificed their lives for others’ sins. Jesus endured the cross for our sins because the extent of his love for us is beyond comprehension.
He justified us by his grace and made us heirs according to the hope of eternal life. He is our defence attorney and his blood is the weapon that wipes out the allegations and accusations brought forward by the evil one. He clothes us with his righteousness, for our righteousness is akin to filthy rags. Through him we gain the confidence to boldly present our petitions before the throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16)
Jesus is the high priest and the king of kings. He has made us partners in his kingdom. This is his greatest gift to us and he has exalted us to the greatest heights in the heavenly realms..READ MORE
Purpose in life
Our purpose in life should be one which first seeks the kingdom of God and His righteousness. We live in a world which is constantly being affected by the winds of change. And in the ever-changing world, it is often a joy to come and across people who, despite the many adversities that life throws at them, can hold on to their faith unwaveringly. At the same time, it is not uncommon to witness the other subset of the population who do not seek God; and when they do, their faith is frequently guided by selfish motives.
Jesus clearly instructs us (Matthew 6:33) ‘but seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you’. While the literal context of this verse cannot be wholly excluded, the words in this context relate to the “seeking” of prayer and scripture reading. It is the seeking of knowledge that comes from Godly revelation. The following passage from Matthew 16 is the epitome of knowledge attained through revelation from God. “But what about you?” he (Jesus) asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon the son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but my Father in heaven”.
The pursuit of this knowledge entails, but it is not limited to spending time in prayer, Scripture reading, meditation and building up intimate connection with God. The attainment of such a knowledge provides a foundation through which the kingdom of God is revealed in our lives. One should note rest contently with the transformation that comes with God’s revelation but strive to lead others in their new-found wisdom.
Let’s resolve to stand steadfast in building up the kingdom of God. Let this be the main purpose that directs our lives. All glory and honour to Him forever and ever.READ MORE
living life for god
Living life for God is synonymous with loving God wholeheartedly. The tie that binds us to him and makes us strive to live a life pleasing to him is love. John 3:16 says ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.’ This never-ending, never-changing, eternal love of God enriches, satisfies, and exuberates us; and inspires us to live a life for him.
How can we ever match up to his love? Jesus instructs in Matthew 22:37, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the kind of devotion God expects from us. Our earthly body serves as a temple for God, a tabernacle he loves to reside in. The apostle Paul, in Romans 12:1, urges us to present our bodies as a living sacrifice because this is pleasing to God. We are called to seek the things which are of above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father, and not the things which are of earth. Colossians 3:1-6 commands us to put to death everything that is earthly in nature. For God has promised us a spiritual inheritance and we have been raised in Jesus.
Finally, it is written in Philippians 4:8 that we are to live a life which honours and glorifies God. To think of things which are true, which are honourable, which are commendable, which are of excellence and worthy of praise. May his everlasting love be reflected through our lives and may we be a channel of blessing to many.READ MORE