The Source of Life

When Rachel was barren, she said unto her husband Jacob “Give me children, or else I die.” This angered Jacob who in his anger questioned Rachel and said “Am I in God’s stead to withhold the fruit of the womb?” What this establishes is that, it is only God who can bring forth life for children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward (Psalm 127:3). The source of life is God.

Points to ponder:
A child who is born into a family is a reward i.e., life is the result of the favor of God. In like manner and more importantly, a child who is born again into the family of God by believing in Jesus is solely because of the grace of God. God is the only source of not only life but eternal life. Physical and ephemeral life is solely by the favor of God. Spiritual and eternal life is solely by the grace of God. God alone is the source of life – physical and spiritual; ephemeral and eternal.

Are you assured of eternal life after your physical life has passed? In other words, are you assured of living eternally? If not, tarry no longer but believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, acknowledging his Lordship and confessing our sins for everyone who believes in Christ Jesus will not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). Jesus Christ alone is the source of Life – life that matters – eternal life.

Genesis 30:1-2 (KJV)
And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die.
And Jacob’s anger was kindled against Rachel: and he said, Am I in God’s stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb?


The pre-requisite for being fruitful

Genesis 4:1-2 reads “And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

Cain and Abel were God’s reward, the fruit of the womb (Psalm 127:3) who came about because of intimacy shared between Adam and Eve.

It is no surprise that in the physical sense, intimacy is a pre-requisite for being fruitful. In like manner, in the spiritual sense, without being intimate with God, one cannot bear fruit.

Jesus said, unless we abide in him and he in us, we cannot bear fruit (John 15:4). The fruit of God’s spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance (Galatians 5:22-23), which we cannot bear unless we know God intimately. In fact, to know God is eternal life (John 17:3) and those who do not bear good fruit is [to be] hewn down and cast into the fire (Matthew 7:19).

Points to ponder:
The pre-requisite for bearing the fruit of the Spirit is being intimate with God. Are you/Am I fruitful, as a follower of Jesus, bearing fruit again and again?

Genesis 4:1-2 (KJV)
And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord.
And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

John 15:4-5 (KJV)
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

John 17:3 (KJV)
And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

The gift of our Son

It is Reuben’s fourth birthday and as we celebrate this day of the Lord, the day in which He has made us (Sangeetha and I) glad, we reminisced on the wonderful past four years that the Lord has graciously merited unto both of us and thank Him for His gift of our Son, Reuben Abishai Paul (RAP). Our prayer today is that Reuben grows up as Jesus did (Luke 2:52), in Wisdom (mentally), in stature  (physically), in favor of God (Spiritually) and in favor of man (socially).

Specifically, we pray that Reuben has

  • the Spirit (soul) of Joseph to run from evil and seek hidden treasures from God’s revelations;
  • the zeal and heart of David that always sought after God;
  • the resolve of Daniel to not defile himself;
  • the strength of Samson;
  • the wisdom of Solomon;
  • the beauty of Esther;
  • the faith of the Centurion;
  • the boldness of Peter and Paul; and
  • the mind of Jesus Christ, meek and submissive to the will of God.

Psalm 127:3 informs us that children are a HERITAGE OF the LORD. The Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines heritage as something possessed as a result of one’s natural situation or birth. Note the verse does not read ‘from the LORD’, but ‘of the LORD’. In other word’s, children are God’s own possession naturally, and the fruit of the womb is a reward (Psalm 127:3) granted to earthly parents.

On one’s birthday we give the one to whom the day belongs (the birthday child) many gifts. With this day truly belonging to God, what is the gift that we can give Him?
The best gift that Sangeetha and I can give to our God is the gift that He has so bountifully given to us – our Son. This would be the true expression of our Love for him. It is His model that we must emulate. He loved us so greatly, that He gave us His Only begotten Son (Jesus Christ; John 3:16). Hannah’s dedication of her son that she was merited yielded in one of the greatest prophets that Israel (or for that fact, the world) saw. Likewise, we dedicate Reuben to be the servant of our loving Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Reuben is a possession of the LORD, rewarded unto us and we pray that He will be a cherished possession of God, beloved and instrumental in fulfilling God’s will in his life and in the lives of everyone’s he encounters.

Happy Birthday, Reuben, our beloved beloved beloved Son. Thank you Jesus for the gift of our Son.