Greetings! Arise, shine; for your light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon you (Isaiah 60:1).
This past Saturday, Christians around the world celebrated Epiphany. January 6th is the traditional date of the visit of the Magi. These Eastern nobles came to worship the newborn King of the Jews because they understood a spiritual truth. This Child is mankind’s Messiah. Scripture records their worship of the Christ Child and the costly gifts they presented unto Him: And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshiped him: and when
they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh (Matthew 2:11).
There is instruction for us in the gifts these ancient wise men presented to the Lord. Gold is a kingly gift and could represent our faithful worship of the Lord (not only what we say, but also how we live). Frankincense is a priestly gift and could represent our faithful prayer life (both supplication and intercession). Myrrh is a ministry gift (pastor/prophet) and could represent our faithful and devoted service in the Kingdom (witnessing, showing mercy and compassion, disciple-making). Let’s take some time to take stock of our lives and examine if we are presenting gifts fit for the King of Eternity.
Sunday, Jackie and I were at our Beaverton Church and I had the privilege of leading the installation service for Rev. Martin and Mandy Hodge. It is a joy to welcome the
Hodges back to Northern Michigan and we anticipate great Kingdom ministry as the Beaverton Church continues in service to our Lord. At the conclusion of the service Pastor Hodge received three persons into membership!
A truth for us to keep ever close: Thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones (Isaiah 57:15).
In Our Savior’s Service Together!
Rev. Dan Gilmore