Thursday, January 28, 2016
Factors of Spiritual Productivity
UV 1658/10000 Factors of Spiritual Productivity
And said, O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong. And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened, and said, Let my lord speak; for thou hast strengthened me.
Daniel 10 v 19
When we have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus, we will be surrounded by peace and filled with strength. A Christophany or the appearance of Jesus before His birth on earth came to strengthen the civil servant Daniel. Daniel was initially overawed and fell on his face to the ground but Jesus affirmed His love for him and exhorted him not to fear. Christ chose to appear before him as he had humbled himself before God. He persisted in seeking the face and will of God. Though he occupied high position in the Babylonian empire as a seniormost civil servant, he humbled himself before God to regard himself as first and foremost a servant, by grace, of God. Jesus spoke the words that He often used during His spell on earth, “ Peace be unto thee.” He then reiterated the words, “ be strong.” Likewise, when we walk close to the Lord, He will appear to strengthen us greatly.
Peace comes from an assurance that the Lord God loves us and cares for us. Nothing in this world can harm or touch us. Our faith in Jesus drives away every type of fear. Fear is paralysing and disempowering while faith is enabling and empowering. He fills us with peace and with the power of His might. The words of Christ are the source of our peace and strength.
While the young Samuel heard the voice of the Lord and said, “ Speak Lord for thy servant hears,” Daniel on hearing the words of Jesus said, “ Speak Lord for thy servant has been strengthened.” Whatever task the Lord gives us or whatever vision we see, the Lord will strengthen us in our souls to fulfil. He enabled Daniel to understand the great visions of the future of Israel and the world. The wise will understand the words of Jesus and shine as bright and strong as stars forever. From this uni-verse we understand that love is the greatest attribute followed by humility, grace, peace, strength, wisdom and understanding. These are the factors of spiritual production just as the factors of production is Economics are :land, labour, capital and enterprise. The source of these factors of spiritual productivity is the Word.
Prateep V Philip