KP Yohannan: God can melt the coldest heart

A young girl name Nanditha had made it difficult for women missionaries who were sharing the Good News of Jesus in her village. She was very abrasive, and had earned notoriety among her neighbors for her ill temper. When the missionaries first approached her, she scorned the prospect of giving any room in her heart for faith in Christ.

But her attitude toward Jesus changed when she heard the heartening words from John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

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Nanditha started asking questions about God and came to understand His love. After heeding God’s invitation to enter her life, Nanditha started strengthening her relationship with Him. This newfound faith brought her inner peace and serenity. Suddenly, she wasn’t the brash, ill-tempered girl anymore.

Gospel for Asia shares Nanditha’s account as a reminder how God’s love can warm a heart. In fact, many Christians can relate to Nanditha’s first step towards accepting Jesus’ invitation of new life. For so many, there was that one passage or story from the Scriptures that not only passed through the ears, but also pierced through the heart.

Stories like Nanditha’s demonstrate that everything is possible with God. His words have the power to heal people’s spirits and motivate them to change toward a life of serving Him and proclaiming His message of love and salvation, loud and clear enough to resonate across homes and to transform multitudes of people around the world.

Through the patience and love of local missionaries, God’s power can reach even the world’s remotest regions and soften even the most callous and skeptical of hearts.

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Upon receiving God’s great message, many feel change slowly setting in until they finally start a new life with Christ at the center, and imbibe the daily mission of showing and sharing His love to others, while others seem to change overnight. God doesn’t work in a box, but regardless of the timing, the book of Ezekiel perfectly illustrates such transformation in these words: “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”

With utmost compassion and patience, the locally trained men and women missionaries of Gospel for Asia bring forth the message of God’s love to some of the most unreached communities in the world. Learn about how you can be a part of the organization’s missionary work on this website.

KP Yohannan: Life is Beautiful When You Know Why

by: KP Yohannan

Life is Beautiful When You Know Why

Seeing Him - KP Yohannan - Gospel for AsiaKing Solomon’s journey into life began with an incredible, supernatural experience with the Almighty God who had chosen him to be king over His people Israel. Solomon was inexperienced and naive, but he had a humble and tender heart.

In a childlike manner he said to God, “I don’t know what to do.” And God asked him, “What do you want?” Solomon could have requested all the things 99.9 percent of people ask for—riches, power and a long life—but he didn’t. Instead he said, “All I want is wisdom.”

God was pleased, and He gave him more knowledge, wisdom and understanding than any human being on earth. Solomon applied this wisdom to lead God’s people in righteousness and justice.

Life was beautiful because Solomon knew his purpose on earth, and he looked to God to enable him to fulfill that purpose.

But later on Solomon got off on a tragic detour. He decided to find out if there was something more to life than walking with God and doing His will. He set out to use his great wisdom to figure out everything under the sun and, in the process, create his own independent life centered around himself.

By the time he was done, he was completely disillusioned, lost and empty. He summed up his findings with the words, “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity” (Ecclesiastes 1:2). Then he went on and described life as a series of meaningless and futile pursuits that end up in grief and nothingness.

What happened to godly Solomon and his wonderful relationship with God that he would come up with such a depressing conclusion? He experienced that our lives as human beings lose their beauty and joy when we no longer know why we are on earth, for our lives only make sense and have purpose in relationship to our Creator.

Once we walk away from Him, everything becomes meaningless.

Is it possible that Solomon’s experience can happen to any one of us?

It can if we don’t know why we are on earth or if, as believers, we lose sight of the purpose of God in our lives. We all are driven by something, and that something determines what we say and do, the way we behave and the choices we make.

Long ago I had the following conversation with a 6-year-old boy in northern India:

Me: “What are you doing?”

Boy: “I go to school.”

Me: “Why do you go to school?”

Boy: “To learn.”

Me: “Why do you want to learn?

Boy: “So I can be smart.”

Me: “Why do you want to be smart?”

Boy: “So I can get a job.”

Me: “Why do you want to get a job?”

Boy: “So I can make money.”

Me: “Why do you want to make money?”

Boy: “So I can buy food to eat.”

Me: “Why do you want to eat food?”

Boy: “So I can live.”

At this point I told him that I had just one more question: “Why do you live?”

For the first time he paused. He looked this way and that, and in the end he looked straight into my eyes and said, “Why do I live? To die.”

I want to ask you a similar question: “What is it that makes you do what you do and be who you are today?” Think about it. Is it ambition, power, position or money that motivates you, or are you driven by fear, anger, bitterness, failure and the guilt of your past?

If your honest answer is any of the above, you are well on the way to ending up with Solomon’s sad conclusion about life: Everything is meaningless.

God’s Word tells us clearly that our life on earth is not meant to be a pointless existence, but that each of us was created to fulfill a wonderful and specific purpose in God’s plan: to live for Him.

“For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him” (Colossians 1:16).

When Solomon lost sight of this truth, his life became empty. Perhaps you, too, got sidetracked in your own pursuits or find yourself trapped by past failures, hurt and guilt, and you wonder if there is a way back. Yes, there is! Many examples in the Bible are proof that God’s high calling for someone’s life never expires.

Peter, whom Christ said He would give the keys of the kingdom to, is one of them. After Peter had denied the Lord three times, he thought God had no use for him any longer. But when Jesus had a private talk with Peter after His resurrection, He never mentioned his failure but only asked him if he loved Him. Then He completely restored Peter’s calling. God will do the same for you.

My dear friend, the only thing that is truly worth living for is Jesus and Jesus alone. If He becomes your sole purpose, then you know why you are on earth, and your life will be fulfilled and beautiful even in the midst of difficult circumstances.

Man’s Greatest Problem by KP Yohannan

My Hiding Place - KP Yohannan - Gospel for AsiaThe entire chapter of John 15 is all about relationship— man’s greatest problem since the Garden of Eden. It was there that our relationship with God was broken, and ever since, all our human relationships have been in total confusion as well. These were the two things Jesus talked about with His followers.

When we read this chapter in John, we could easily misunderstand that Jesus was instructing His disciples on bearing fruit, such as evangelism, witnessing, soul-winning and fulfilling the Great Commission. After all, He told them, “He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit” (John 15:5).

But what Jesus is actually referring to in this chapter is their lives. He is showing them how they will be able to produce the fruit of the Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22–23: “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”

What Jesus is concentrating on here is not at all the kingdom work that you and I do nor the work the disciples were going to do later on in the book of Acts. The fruit we will bear if we abide in Him is transformed lives. All we do is simply the result of what we have become.

What Jesus explained to His disciples worked so well that we read later on in Acts 17:6, “These who have turned the world upside down have come here too.”

A transformed life will impact everything around it and produce eternal results, without a single struggle to make it happen.

This entry was written by KP Yohannan, the president and founder of Gospel for Asia, with the intention of encouraging and edifying the Body of Christ. To learn more about Gospel for Asia or to receive additional free resources, visit Gospel for Asia’s website.