India is moving towards economically and technologically at par with the developed countries. The development has increased the lifestyle of citizens. Moreover the financial constrain in the past has not been faced much by the present day people. But the task oriented work load, fame, self satisfaction and coming up to the top has affected their quiet movement, enjoyment, and rest.
The same phenomenon has entered into a Christian believer’s life. This is one of the strategies of Satan to divert the attention from knowing the ultimate purpose of God in our life in this busy world. We have to be cautious and swim against this world by utilizing the opportunity to do His purpose in this world.
In Bible, God raised a lot of people at the particular situation to accomplish His purpose in this world. God raised Ruth, a gentile woman in an appropriate time to bridge the gap in the genealogy of Jesus Christ. He brought Esther to save His chosen people. The law of storing food is still alive (food corporation of India) which was imposed by Joseph during the famine in Egypt.
God shapes His people according to His will to do His task in this world. Let us look 2 Tim 2:20-21 to know more about this.
1. Criteria for noble purpose:
In 2Tim 2:20, Paul mentions two type of purposes, one is noble and another one is ignoble. The criteria for being an instrument for doing noble purpose is that the person has to be Holy and blameless (v.21 Eph. 1:4). Holy is the word which means the internal where God lives in our heart. The blameless is an external word which resonance the internal holiness to the outside world. The world has to give the testimony that the believers are blameless.
We have to flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 2 Tim 2:22-23
2. Commitment to Masters’ Noble Purpose:
John Mac Arthur in His book “Found God’s will” – finished by saying that ”do whatever you like if you follow the first five principles”. A commitment precedes with the criteria. God has called to do any work. The word ‘any’ and ‘good’ are mentioned before the word ‘work’. The good work is mentioned about doing His ministry in this world. Jesus fulfilled God’s ministry. In the same way we have to do in this world. God sent Jesus Christ. In the same way Jesus sends us to this world to do a global evangelism (Mt. 28:19) and to make a mark in the history.
3. Chose to do His specific noble purpose:
A large house is filled with different articles made up of different materials. The value of the material depends upon the material used to make it. God also wants to be in the gallery to show how far we have eagerly sought His will in our life for this world. This will be revealed at last when we would stand before his throne.
Let us be ready to fulfill His criteria to take up His purpose, commitment to do His purpose and find out His specific noble purpose in our life. So that in the final judgment God will make us to stand in the gallery according to our life in this world.
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Dalit boy touches the stars
15 May 2008, 0435 hrs IST , Radheshyam Jadhav , TNN
TIRAVADE/KOLHAPUR: An insolent society would not permit him and his ancestors basic human contact, keeping him in a ghetto outside his village in Kolhapur district for centuries. Fortunately, celestial wonders are devoid of such bias, allowing Dalit boy Shridhar Kamble to have his head in the stars, literally.
Impressed by 17-year-old Shridhar’s theory of galaxy evolution, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has invited the farm labourer’s son into their fold as a junior scientist.
“It’s a proud moment for all of us. We feel like touching the stars ourselves,” say people from the Dalit basti in the dusty Tiravade village as people from neighbouring villages and the media make a beeline to visit Shridhar’s tiny mud house.
Shridhar, who has appeared for the HSC exams, took part in a research competition where he submitted a summary paper on galaxy evolution called ‘Huge black holes stifle star formation’. This won him a $10,000 scholarship. The doors of Colorado University have also opened for Shridhar to join their Bachelor of Science (Astronomy) course. He will be joining the course in August 2008.
“I always believed that education alone would open the doors of opportunities,” says Shridhar’s mother Kanchan. “Shridhar was always a bright child and we put in all efforts to give him an education. Today, our efforts have paid off.”
In fact, Shridhar had won the young scientist award from the Bhabha Research Institute when in the eighth standard. Since then, astronomy has been his passion.
But the US sojourn will come at a price. “I have to bear the cost of education for the first two years,” says Shridhar. “For the third year, NASA will give me a scholarship. For the visa, I need a bank statement showing $45,000 in my parents’ account or in the account of a sponsor. We have sold or mortgaged all our belongings as of now.”
Dalits live like refugees in Gujarat
Rohit Bhan Wednesday, May 7, 2008 (Palanpur)
Over 100 Dalits in Palanpur township of north Gujarat have been living in makeshift camp for last eight months after being driven out of their village by upper castes.
Ironically, the camp is outside the collector’s office. Maniben is one of them, widow of a man, who was killed after he went to court over against Rajput family attempting to bring down his house to get to their fields. He won the case but after his killing, Dalits in the area were attacked and threatened. They fled their homes and have been living in these camps since.
”Even animals are provided with a shelter, if we find him wandering but here there is none to listen that we are languishing here,” said Maniben. The administration in September last year declared these people forced migrants.
Initially, they were given Rs 15 a person per day but even that stopped in March.
Officials said the money can’t continue beyond six months.
”The government says they can’t pay beyond six months but our question is why hasn’t alternate arrangements been made for our sustenance in these last six months,” said Maniben. Meanwhile, officials said they are working on rehabilitating these Dalits at the earliest.
Dalit minors paraded naked for killing birds
12 May 2008, 0351 hrs IST , Rao Jaswant Singh , TNN
JAIPUR: Two Dalit minors were paraded naked for allegedly killing birds at Byawar village in Rajasthan’s Ajmer district.
Although the incident took place three days ago, police came to know about it on Sunday and arrested two of the accused.
The children, identified as Vinod (12) and Sagar (10), belong to the Kanjar tribe. They were catching birds when villagers caught hold of them and rummaged through their belongings. A few pigeons and partridges were found in a small bag they were carrying.
Furious, the villagers thrashed the boys before stripping them naked in full public view. A barber was later called and after he tonsured their heads, they were paraded in the village.
Einstein felt belief in God was childish
15 May 2008, 0031 hrs IST , AFP
LONDON: Albert Einstein described belief in God as “childish superstition” and said Jews were not the chosen people, in a letter to be sold in London this week, an auctioneer said.
The father of relativity, whose previously known views on religion have been more ambivalent and fuelled much discussion, made the comments in response to a philosopher in 1954. As a Jew himself, Einstein said he had a great affinity with Jewish people but said they “have no different quality for me than all other people”.
“The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish.
“No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this,” he wrote in the letter written on January 3, 1954 to the philosopher Eric Gutkind, cited by The Guardian newspaper.
The German-language letter is being sold on Thursday by Bloomsbury Auctions in Mayfair after being in a private collection for more than 50 years, said the auction house’s managing director Rupert Powell.
In it, the renowned scientist rejected the idea that the Jews are God’s chosen people. “For me the Jewish religion like all others is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions,” he said.
Machine boys: Doing the impossible
15 May 2008, 0527 hrs IST , TNN
Their only passion is machines. A love that has seen these three final-year instrumentation and control (IC) engineering students from Nirma University achieved the impossible. Design a computer numeric controlled (CNC) machine, which costs nothing less than Rs 6 lakh on the market, in a fraction of the cost.
Meet Vrunshank Bhat (20), Hitarth Desai (21) and Mihir Ambasan (21) who have designed a CNC machine, which has several high-end industrial applications, for just Rs 6,000 as part of their final-year student project. And they are quite confident that by spending a few more thousands they could well commercialise the machine.
“The machine is very much operational and can do all types of work like drilling, tapping, reaming and boring, but for industrial use we need to touch it a little more and it can be done by spending some Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 more,” says Vrushank.
After Maharashtra, wall segregates Dalits in TN
Sam Daniel Monday, May 5, 2008 (Madurai)
The great caste divide is on display yet again.
After Maharashtra’s Satara district, the wall in the village of Uthapuram in Madurai district of Tamil Nadu has segregated Dalits from the upper castes for almost three decades. In the late eighties, a clash between Dalits and upper castes killed nine villagers. Almost immediately, the Dalits paid the price and they were denied access to the local temple.
Now after all these years, they say enough is enough. ”This wall was deliberately built to hide Dalit streets from the main road. They should bring it down,” said one of the resident. But the upper castes argue that the wall has been built on their land so there’s no question of going back.
”We will not give this land. This is our land for our God,” is what the upper caste people echo. The district administration said it has got the two sides to start talking.
”We will examine in detail and will arrive at a solution quickly and will solve the problem,” said S Jawahar, Collector, Madurai. The CPM which gives outside support to the DMK governmnet in the state, protested last week.
In fact, senior party leader Prakash Karat is expected to be here later this week to launch a movement to bring down what his party is calling the wall of shame.
But will an embarrassed state government act?