Faith is not knowledge!

Faith is not the human act of merely consenting to theological knowldge but it is the divine act of submitting both our Intellect and Will to God's revelation. If the Intellect alone is employed, knowledge remains simply as true and good life-giving information. It does not transform our life nor does it give life. Faith without action is dead. Jam 2:26 Will is the faculty of the soul which seeks to love that which is known. And 'loving' is not simply liking the information but the act of becoming what we have come to know. In other words loving is to freely act upon the information in such a way that knowledge becomes a living experience. If I come to know that in order to sustain my life I must drink water and if I do not act on this information and drink water, this knowledge does not do me any good.  In order for my faith to be active and alive, my Will has to be in harmony with the Intellect. It also means both my Intellect and Will should be surrendered to God. The di

Kingdom of heaven

In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus draws an interesting parallel between the Kingdom of Heaven and workers in the vineyard [20:1-16]

At the end of the day, when Master settles the wages, he gives all servants, those who came in first hour and to those who joined in last hour, the same wage. People who came in the first hour feel cheated and thus complaint to the master asking for an explanation for the evident bias. Master does not explain but replies “Have I no right to do what I like with my own? Why should you be envious because I am generous?"[15]

The truth is, much more than the wage at the end of the day, what should have fulfilled them is the honor of serving the master [Jesus himself]. 

The experience of any labour depends on the nature of the master. We have a master who ties a loin cloth around his waist, bends down to wash our feet. He rises up to be dragged on the streets and be nailed to the wood in order to take upon himself the punishment that should have been ours.

We are all labourers in the vineyard of the Lord. The tragedy is that we don’t know who we are serving. And unfortunately the only consolation we look to is the wage at the end of the day. What an opportunity and honor we deprive our self of to unite with Christ here on earth despite being in his vineyard.

In the above story, the wage every one receives at the end of the day is Heaven. Yet the fact is that our experience in heaven [union with God] will be measured out to us according to our own desire to unite with Him [while we are on earth]. So if we miss here we miss there too.

In gospel of John, Jesus says, there are many rooms in his father’s house and He is going to prepare one for me” [14:2]. Heaven it is not a single performance for the heavenly crowd but a private experience with the triune God according to the resonance we bring forth from within. (yet in full communion with others)

All in heaven have been granted unique mansions [not according to our imagination] and an experience according to their own pure desire to dwell in the Trinitarian God. So in there, none compares his gift with others but each one is content to the full. In all this, all of us still share the same communion with each other and God. It’s like a beautiful harmony where no note is prominent than the other.

Waste no time! Desire therefore a intimate union with Christ. The time is now.


  1. thank you cheata :) was a lovely sharing...

  2. Isn't the concept of labourer and master itself is not inline with the Father-child relation Jesus proclaimed? We inherit heaven not because of our labor, but because of our relation with God. In simple terms, I inherit my father's asset not because of the hard work I do for him, but because I am her legal daughter. Same with God too. Let's not miss the "Good news" while trying to get into details.

    1. Veena, sorry for the late reply. It is true that through baptism we have been made children of God. But thats not an eternal guarantee for our salvation. Even legal daughters abuse and misuse their father's assets and are led astray. St. Paul says "work out your salvation with fear and trembling". Do you not let your child do any work at home? Any good father/mother would desire it. St. James says "faith without work is dead". When we evangelise, help our neighbours aren't we working in the vineyard of our father? This is article is to remind us lest we forget that we are in the vineyard of our father and every act of goodness is worth it even if at times we doubt and have questions.


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