Asking Redeemer To Nurture Everyday Readily So Have Indestructible
Ramesh C. Reddy
This devotional was originally published in Pittsburgh Standard on
Monday, May 14, 2012 at 8:03 a.m.
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"I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of
you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel
from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began
a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of
Christ Jesus" (Philippians 1:3-6, NIV)
What would you like to have a
partnership in and why?
I asked myself what does Paul's prayer
1. Thanking God every time He remembers the
2. Praying with joy.
I asked myself what is the cause-effect
relationship I see in Paul's prayer?BeCAUSE
of the Philippians partnership in the Gospel from the first day until
the EFFECT is that in all his prayers for all the Philippians, he is always praying with joy!
I asked myself why does a partnership in
the Gospel matter so much to Paul?
It is because Jesus matters so much to Paul and his love for Jesus wants
to be shown by his actions of proclaiming the love of Christ to others.
And, he realizes he cannot proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ on his
own while he is in chains, so he welcomes the help the Philippians are
giving him. That is why he always prays with joy knowing the Philippians
have partnered with him from the FIRST DAY he met them UNTIL NOW. Their
partnership is not a one time-one day thing but consistent when it comes
to the Gospel.
I asked myself what are the
implications for my own life?
that true joy comes from having a partnership in the Gospel as I love
Jesus Christ and want to make Him known. It should not be a
one-day-one-time thing. I need to attain that partnership in the Gospel
to give others joy especially the Lord Jesus Christ on a consistent
basis. I should always make myself available to be in a partnership when
it comes to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ instead of doing it
alone. Paul did not go at it alone and neither should I. Also, it is
important for me to remember that prayer is tied in very closely with
having a partnership in the Gospel.
I ask you now dear friend, how can you attain a
P.A.R.T.N.E.R.S.H.I.P in the Gospel?
Dear friend, a partnership
in the Gospel can take different forms such as
a prayer partnership, financial partnership, co-laborers partnership,
I don't know specifically all the types of partnership in the
Gospel that Paul was thankful to the Philippians for but it was a
partnership filled with joy. I want to give joy to others too when I am
in partnership with them when it comes to the Gospel first and foremost.
You should want that too because it is worth it and brings joy. Paul is
an example that God has shown me through His Word.
You can attain a partnership in the Gospel too where you are
even without moving many times. It involves a powerful 4 letter
word: PRAY. You can be partnering with campus ministry staff,
missionaries, pastors, etc by praying for them where you are that God
can use them in His infinite wisdom, strengthening them to proclaim His
love in Word and deed. You can also do that with a 5 letter word: MONEY
by supporting them so they do not have to be burdened with financial
costs but can focus on proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
At other times, the partnership in the Gospel
will involve moving and effort on our part, as we depend on the Lord, where we are directly
involved in ministry even as we PRAY, give FINANCIAL SUPPORT, etc.
Apart from Jesus Christ, we
can do nothing for we are the branches and our nourishment
must come from
Him and Him alone who is the Vine. (John 15)
We need Jesus to have a partnership in the
Gospel. It starts with us realizing our own sinfulness and wickedness
before an all Holy and Awesome God and taking His free gift of grace
that showers us with His faithful forgiveness and redemptive
restoration. I praise you Lord. Thanks so much Jesus! Even praying and
financial support should be done in the Name of the Lord for
He is before all things and in Him all things hold
together! (Colossians 1)
You and I need Jesus Christ and understand the
power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and its
impact to save
if we want to have a direct
partnership in the Gospel with others.
For the Gospel of Jesus Christ is
not just about 'Jesus dying for our sin and coming back to life to save us' but
addresses all facets of our daily life and being, that can only be
transformed by the power of the risen Christ through His transforming
grace as Pastor Ed
loves to put it. It is the Gospel of Jesus Christ that justifies us and
also it is this same Gospel that also sanctifies us.
Until we come to realize our own worthlessness
and have Jesus Christ work in us so we can do a F.A.C.T check: Be
faithful, available, compatible, and teachable as
Pastor Hugo says, our
partnership in the Gospel will become futile and will damage people
along the way instead of building them up. However, when Christ is
the focus over ourselves then amazing things can happen! Praise the
on Sunday, May 13, 2012,
Paul Pruitt, a
missionary supported by Pittsburgh Chinese
Church-Oakland/Oakland International Fellowship
shared about a young woman named Suchria from Indonesia who went on to
get her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Princeton University. She also
passed the bar exam with flying colors and was recruited by a powerful
law firm which was willing to give her a 6-figure salary. Yet, she
turned all that down one day when she was praying to the Lord Jesus
Christ. Instead she decided to be a MAID in Hong Kong so she could be
used of God to reach other maids there. That is awesome! She
wanted to exemplify Philippians 2:1-18 taking Jesus as her example.
I was really touched by this story because it
reminded me of my loving wife Chandra's
testimony about wanting to be a lawyer but
because her daddy wanted her to help the weak and sick, she decided
to become a nurse and partner with her best friend to reach Muslims for
Christ in Saudi Arabia.
Her testimony brought back memories of how much I
wanted to go to law school and work for the American Center for Law &
Justice (ACLJ) with
Jay Sekulow. I emphasize it is ACLJ and not ACLU
(Anti-Christian many times). I
even studied for the LSAT couple of times but I just could not shake the
feeling that the Lord Jesus wanted me in student ministry with the
mission of Counseling Broken Hearts with the love of Christ.
in mind and the support of my staff worker
Kent Walley of
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF),
I decided to go into full time ministry many years ago. Kent had told me, 'Ramesh, if you go into law school without ever
filling out the application for staff, you would always look back and
wonder, did you do the right thing. Now, fill out the staff application
and wait on the Lord to see where He leads you. If He leads you into
student ministry, you will be appointed to staff with IVCF."
I did take
that exhortation and wrote my application which came to 28 typed written
pages. I never looked back again and proudly did student ministry with
IVCF for 6 years as a volunteer/staff having a partnership with
wonderful staff like Kent Walley, Chloe
Papke, Paul Hassell, Oliver Ferguson, Thomas Grosh IV,
Sadly, due to character issues and
ministry challenges which was
affecting student ministry, I had to leave the ministry of IVCF. I
wrestled with law school again but , to this day, my heart and excitement
for student ministry has not been diminished. Even though, I could not
be with IVCF anymore, the Lord Jesus gave me a job in campus food
services where I would literally come in contact with thousands of
students each day to befriend as many as I could in the hopes to reach
them for Christ.
It did not stop there but the Lord
Jesus gave me Pittsburgh Standard to use as a means to ministry as I had
the privilege of partnering with Jeremy
Day, Kensley Lewis, Andrew McMullen, Matthew Bell,
etc to reach students with the love of Christ through our monthly paper
edition of Pittsburgh Standard. Right now the paper continues as an
online edition to reach the masses with the Gospel of Jesus Christ even
though there are server issues and challenges that made me lose 12 years
of work on PS. But with the Lord's help, it will be restored
completely in His timing.
Most importantly, the Lord impressed upon
my heart that He would use the Pittsburgh Standard to reach souls for
Him. It has happened to when students have given their life to Christ by
reading the devotionals on Pittsburgh Standard. Thank you Jesus!
Being in foodservice and being part of
Facebook has given me different opportunities to influence different
numbers of people by God's grace through Pittsburgh Standard.
What is exciting is that
my loving wife wants to join me to minister to students the Lord places
in our lives in His timing whether it is through a college ministry or
church ministry. It all started with different partnerships in the
Gospel whether it was with IVCF, PS, etc.
It is very exciting
that Chandra and I can have game night every Saturday night at our
residence for our Indian friends through the partnership of
Oakland International Fellowship
Pastor Hugo Cheng, Cecilia, David, Yvonne,
Wei Dai, and
my mommy who have
partnered with us.
Also, I am so thankful to the Lord
Jesus that my loving wife Chandra has been in a partnership with
Kristen, Anne, Yvonne, Jesse, Rodney, Edwin,
Marie, Darren, Elias to reach people with
the love of Christ through songs of worship. She has also decided to
partner with Linda, Heather, Connie,
Kristen, Suzanne, Christy, Yvonne,
Karis, etc on
the prayer team on Wednesday's to pray for the needs of the
congregation, etc whenever she can.
As stated before, partnerships can
take different styles and forms but the best partnership we can ever
have is being in a partnership for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It should
start with having a partnership with Jesus Christ ourselves.
Come as you are and always rest in Christ and
the power of His resurrection to transform you by His grace so you can
begin a partnership in the Gospel. You do not have to have it all
together to partner in ministry for God uses weak vessels to show His
insurmountable glory and does not look for people who think they have it
Jesus chose 12 ragged disciples who did not
have it all together for His honor and glory showing
His strength made perfect through their
weaknesses! Praise the Lord! As an example,
Jesus Christ used the apostle Peter who denied him 3 times to bring the
Gospel to nations and Saul of Tarsus who persecuted Christians to bring
the Gospel to the Gentiles, etc. This same God is the same God that
wants to use you friend as you make prayer a priority in life.
We all need Jesus in our lives to fight the
enemy so Satan does not control us in our sin but instead we are led by
the power of the Holy Spirit who establishes the perfect partnership.
Speaking of partnership, I plead with you friend
to have a partnership in life with Jesus Christ whose partnership will
be the perfect partnership you will ever have if you have not partnered
with Jesus yet!
No matter what happens
around you, when you rest in the arms of the love of our Lord and Savior, He
will give you strength and wisdom to move on by His grace. So ask Him to
reign in your life and in all your dreams and you will always praise the
Lord when He is central to your life. I want Jesus to be central in my
life so help me Jesus. Thanks so much Jesus. You should too!
"But He gives us more grace. That is why
Scripture says: God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.
Submit yourselves, then to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from
you. Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands, you
sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded." (James 4:6-8,
Humble yourself under the mighty Hand of God
and He will lift you up! (James 4:10, paraphrase)
Friend, only Christ can wash us clean by His
precious cleansing blood and wants to do that for us to have a
partnership with Him. That is so exciting to know! Praise the Lord!
Thank you Jesus! You can have that partnership too.
Our partnership in the Gospel should always
start with spending time with Jesus everyday in prayer, meditating on
His Word, and applying His Word in our lives as the Lord Jesus leads us
to a Bible-believing church and fellowship where we do not forsake the
fellowship of believers but join together as the apostles did in
for His honor and glory.
May you have a blessed partnership in the
Gospel as you rest in the Lord God Almighty now and forever more
remembering to pray asking Redeemer to nurture everyday readily, so have
indestructible partnership! Praise the Lord! Amen!
"Pray Asking Redeemer To Nurture Everyday
Readily So Have Indestructible Partnership!"(P.A.R.T.N.E.R.S.H.I..P)/"How
can you attain a P.A.R.T.N.E.R.S.H.I.P in the Gospel?"
Purpose of today's devotional is to understand
the importance of having a partnership in the Gospel that turns people's
hearts towards prayer in joy.
Dear Lord Jesus, thank you so much for teaching me about partnership in
the Gospel and how joyful Paul was because of the Philippians
partnership in the Gospel even though he is in chains. Oh Lord, please
help us to have a partnership in the Gospel that will bring others joy
instead of sorrow. For that to happen, we need to have a partnership
with you more than anything realizing our own worthlessness and
sinfulness before an all awesome Holy God. We do that Lord and ask you
to cleanse us by your precious cleansing blood, giving us new life.
Thanks so much Jesus you have come back to save. Help us Oh Lord by guiding us in your insurmountable
wisdom for our lives that comes from above. Thanks so much Jesus. I need
you so much Jesus. We thank you for dying for our sin and you choose to
use us in our weaknesses just as you used your 12 disciples and Paul.
Thanks for that opportunity. Help us to always rest in you humbling
ourselves under your mighty hand so you lift us up. We pray asking you
to nurture us everyday readily so we can have an indestructible
partnership in the Gospel. Thanks so much Jesus. In Your Name I Pray
"May my spoken words and
unspoken thoughts be pleasing even to you, O Lord my Rock and my
Redeemer." (Psalm 19:14)
You are my all in all. You are my Prince of Peace,
Rock, Savior, and Friend. You are my Holy Father guiding me through to live a
life of righteousness, holy righteousness. Oh God, I need you more than ever. I
need to feel your hands around me holding me tight. I need your love to surround
me so that you can glow in my life. Help me please Jesus. I desire in your
presence. Thank you for guiding me to live a life of righteousness. Oh God you
love me more than ever. You hear my voice when I cry out to you. When I seek
your face, you fill me up. You are my all in all. Thank you Jesus so much for
your help no matter what I face, your grace is available and you take my case.
Thank you for hearing us and answering us. In Your Name I Pray Jesus! AMEN!
(Most of the prayer is from a vineyard song called “All in All”)
If you would like to invite Jesus Christ into your heart and make Him a
daily part of your life, you can this very moment. You will never be
alone. You can claim God's promises for you in the Bible and see them
come true, before your eyes, in His wonderful timing. You don't have to
wait for a special time to come to the Lord. You can come right now as
you pray the prayer below, meaning it in your heart.
God I am a sinner. I am invaded by this deadliest virus. Many times I
feel so guilty and yucky inside. I need forgiveness. I am so sorry for
my sins. I have not obeyed you with my whole heart! I have gone my own
way and done my own things. I still struggle with sin. I need you Jesus
in my life so I can receive forgiveness and a new beginning. In the
process, I can forgive others as you help me to. Thank you so much
Jesus. I accept the antidote you have sent me. I believe Jesus you died
for me and your cleansing blood will cleanse me from all my sins. You
came back to life to save me. Thank you God I am set free, free from the
bondage of sin. Hear my cry Oh Lord. I accept you Jesus into my heart. I
make you my Lord and Personal Savior of my life. Thank you Father God
for giving me Salvation. Thank you Jesus for coming into my heart and
making my heart your home. Thank you for living in me Jesus and I will
live for you and serve you the rest of the days of my life. Thank you
for being my Lord and personal Savior! I can live a life of peace with
you on my side. Thank you that you
have heard my prayer and answered me! In your Name I Pray Jesus! AMEN!
No matter what you feel in your heart,
know that Jesus has come in and resides with you when you give Him your
heart! You are not alone! To
make your walk strong with the Lord, spend time in prayer talking to Him
as you would to a friend. You don’t need special words to talk to the
Lord. Spend time in His Word reading Psalms and turning them into
prayer. Next allow God to heal you and speak to you through the Gospel
of John or Gospel of
Mark before moving on to other Books of the Bible! Slowly, let the Lord
show you to which Scriptures He wants you to go to next. It is also important to be part of a body of believers to
help you grow in the faith. Find a Bible believing church that preaches
the Word of God from Genesis to Revelation proclaiming Jesus Christ our
crucified and risen Lord who brings us hope, healing, and help by His
Feel free to email me at
if you want to meet to study the Bible,
pray with, talk about Spiritual issues or whatever is on your mind! My
number is 412-641-9426
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