You see, we are all called to run a race for Jesus, and repentance is the starting line of that race. It’s futile to try to run the race if you never made it to the starting line to begin with! This is the problem with many believers today. They are trying to follow the Lord, but they have never truly repented and surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ. The result of the false gospel so prevalent today can be seen in churches full of half-hearted Christians whose lives are still centered on selfishness and the principles of the world. Jesus came to bring the kingdom of God to the earth. He came to completely transform individuals, families and nations from the inside out – a radical revolution that would change the world through obedient, blood-bought servants who are willing to bow their knee and say, “Lord, after all You have done for me, what would You have me do for You?” – WRITTEN BY BROTHER YUN

Friday, February 14, 2014


 “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” – James 1:12

We love Jesus Christ so easily when our life was filled with so much of blessings. But when the trials come we ask so many questions in our heart and we fail to love God.

Even when Jesus was in this earth, He performed so many miracles. Everyone who came to Him received healing and comfort. So a huge crowd followed Him every day. Everyone loved and longed for Jesus because He performed so many miracles for their goodness. But one day Pharisees arrested Jesus. His disciples fled away immediately. Those who followed Jesus for blessings and miracles vanished all in a sudden. No one stayed with Jesus. Finally Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross. Everyone returned back to their home because they know Jesus can’t do any miracles now, as He was dead.

But there came a man named Joseph and He went and asked Pilate for the Jesus’ body.

“Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body.” – Mark 15:43

On that day Pharisees was against all those who were with Jesus. Joseph knew it. Then why he has to go to Pilate risking his life for the body of Jesus? He knows Jesus was dead and can’t do any miracles but yet he went and took the body of Jesus and buried it according to the custom of Jews. He gave due respect and love even to the dead body of Jesus Christ. Why he has done that?
Because he loved Jesus so much. He loved Him with all his heart, soul and mind. He loved Jesus even when He was dead. The love he had upon Jesus was so great that he even risked his own life. 

His name was written in all the four gospels and Biblical historians say that Joseph was blessed greatly and he did God’s ministry saving thousands of souls for the kingdom of God till the day he died.

When he died it was written in his tomb like this: “Here lies the body of that most noble disciple, recorded in scripture by the name of Joseph of Arimathea, and noted by the four evangelists, St. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, for begging the body of our Blessed Savior when crucified to redeem lost men from eternal destruction and burying it in a tomb of his own making.”

What a testimony! He was declared and testified as the most noble disciple for the way he loved Jesus.

What about your love that you have upon Jesus today?

I know a young girl who loves Jesus so much. She is a God given sister to me. When she was doing her final year engineering degree she got placed in two multi-national companies. One of those companies called her to join their training but as she wanted to join in the other company she declined that offer. After her studies she waited for months for the call letter but she didn’t get one. Months passed and one day she got a call from the old company in which she declined the offer.

Immediately they asked her to join the company and so she joined the company immediately. There in another city she continued to grow in God. She passed in some tests the company conducted but she could not clear the foundation test in the first attempt. Maximum of four attempts were allowed and with much prayer she went for the second attempt but she failed. She didn’t ask any questions to God and also she didn’t doubt God’s love.

She made the third attempt and again failed. Everyone around her was shocked. But she told God that even if she fails in the fourth attempt she will not backslide from her faith. I was so amazed to see her faith.

By God’s grace she cleared her test in the last attempt and we were so happy. But yesterday her overall result was declared as failed and she was rolled off from the project team which she was assigned.

She was so upset but yet this morning she sent a sms to me saying, “I have no clue why it’s all happening but God knows. Am not giving up my faith whatever may come. All is well with the Lord.”

I was really surprised to see her belief. She was a young girl and this was her first job and they were going to send her off from that job. But yet she says that she will never stop loving Jesus.
At this moment, it feels like God was silent in her life but yet she had put her trust in Him and she continue to love God.

My dear young friends, even today you might be waiting for a blessing for so long. You might feel like God was so silent in your life. God says in Joel 2:26, “...My people shall never be put to shame.”

Those who wait on the Lord will never be ashamed. God will not put you to shame but He wants you to love Him even at this toughest moment of your life. If you love Him at this point of your life when you were not receiving any blessings that you have expected, you will receive the crown of life that Jesus Christ has promised for those who love Him.

Love God unconditionally and you will receive the crown of life. You will never be put to shame. God bless you.

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