She Is So Fat – A “Good Friday” Reminder

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He spots her as he looks out of the driver’s seat.

Dressed in a pink-and-white floral top, black slacks and white sneakers, she is very fair, her hair tied up in a long pony-tail. This would have looked good to him, but for one “huge” problem – She is overwhelmingly fat. And she is jogging.
Nearly 120 kilograms, as her shoes hit the ground, her white earphones flutter about her. Each step sends tremors up her big, throbbing limbs to her torso and wobbly cheeks.

“Unsightly”.

“I don’t know who told her she could wear that tight outfit while she jogs, goodness.”

“Reminds me to never, ever be like that.”

But you already are.

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Your weight that can’t be hidden

This age makes much of well-built bodies. Our role-models are on our screens; well-toned, good-looking bodies, regularly worked-out.

Don’t get me wrong, fitness is a very good thing. It is godly. It keeps you healthy and hopefully alive long enough to enjoy life (unless “Final Destination” kills you using your fitness equipment). But how quick we are to think such thoughts about people who probably need to hear cheers more than mockery.

We make sure we judge when we are better than them, not when we are worse.

Well, you might counter, “she doesn’t hear my thoughts, so I am free to think and I am not hurting her, you know.” But Christ-followers forget one thing.

You forget you were much more unsightly before God than an obese person can ever be to you.
If fatness should even be a paralleled to sin (which it need NOT be), have you have forgotten how the SHEER WEIGHT of your sinful heart-attitudes terribly out-class obesity?

Here is a test –

Now, pick just 1 sin from this gorgeous list- Gal 5:19-21, NLT – any one that offends a holy God, and  ask yourself, “Would Jesus prefer me doing this sin just once over Him carrying 120 kgs of dead weight on His back?”

Now you can count the number of times you have done that sin and calculate- if you could- how unbearable you have made yourself before God.

The servant grew up before God—a scrawny seedling, a scrubby plant in a parched field. There was nothing attractive about him, nothing to cause us to take a second look. He was looked down on and passed over, a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand. One look at him and people turned away. We looked down on him, thought he was scum. But the fact is, it was our pains he carried— our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us. We thought he brought it on himself, that God was punishing him for his own failures. But it was our sins that did that to him, that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins! He took the punishment, and that made us whole. Through his bruises we get healed. We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost. We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way. And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong, on him, on him. Isaiah 53:5-6 MSG

Having tasted God’s expansive grace, your truck-load of heavy-weight sin was piled on Jesus’ poor spirit, are you now to judge someone who probably has never even wronged you personally? Jesus forgave folks like Judas who personally ensured his Master’s demise. Is not your new life to make you more like Jesus and less like Judas?

Because of Good Friday, your character looks like that of Jesus, before God on Judgement Day. So you are spared God’s mockery (Prov 3:34, NLT).

Next time, you could say a prayer for someone worse off than you. That way we could do what she is already doing- fighting her battles.

It is your sins that nailed Him there. Put not the obese woman on the spotlight, instead put the Man you crucified in front of your eyes.

Sanctified Time Pass – The Joy in reading the Bible

Christians will approach the Bible with a range of emotions: hunger, fear, love, apathy, desire, duty, and more. This week, I want to align our hearts to a deep longing, dependency, and nourishment from the Word of God.

5 heart-piercing, thought-provoking articles

22 Benefits of meditating on Scripture
In this article, the author draws from an old dead guy to show us all the pleasures of reading God’s Word. If ever we need motivation to sit down and study His revelation to us, think on these things.

3 Reasons why reading the Bible feels like a chore
So let’s say that you have meditated on those, but still it’s hard to spend just a few minutes with the Bible. Here are some reasons why that is, and some helpful solutions to it.

Helping you delight in God’s Word
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Open Letter to Our Home Minister: From A Happy Beneficiary of Religious Conversion

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Dear Shri Rajnath Singh ji,

I am glad that you have been placed in the right place and time to serve our great nation as our Home Minister. Recently, your statements seemed to ease increasing fears among minority communities. I am deeply thankful that unlike certain organisations, you view minorities as patriots.

At the same time, you also said, “Do we need to impose the supremacy of our faith over others? Can’t we decide that serving humanity is fine, but why do people have to be converted to another faith? Why are religious conversions being carried out?

I am bit confused as to how these questions supports freedom to propagate one’s religion as per Article 25 of our Constitution. I am hoping you only meant- Why are false conversions being carried out?

I understand if your angst is against false conversions- I share the same feeling. It is unfair when people use religion as a tool for unjust gain. So I have enjoyed recent movies like PK which challenge false spirituality which sadly exists in Bharat.

But Rajnath ji, did you know that genuine conversion is a purifying and lovely experience? Oh, how can I explain this in just writing!

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Oh, the joy !

Since I have experienced only conversion to the Christian faith, allow me to briefly show how my conversion was  beneficial for me- Continue reading “Open Letter to Our Home Minister: From A Happy Beneficiary of Religious Conversion”

Even The Best Sermons Can Become Baby Food

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Assuming you are a contemporary, Evangelical Christian, you would have your favourite preachers – I do. I love spending time,looking up their latest sermon videos, audios or transcripts. What if I told you that your favourite sermon was as helpful as a bottle of mother’s milk given to a teenager for her lunch?

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This bottle is full of Marg sermons!

Baby food can never sustain adults.
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