"One thing I have asked of the Lord, that shall I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in His temple." Psalm 27:4 (NASB)
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Epiphany - Aha!
A festival day (January 6) commemorating the arrival of the Magi who followed the star. The first Gentiles to acknowledge the Messiah.
Giving gifts that fit.
Gold to acknowledge His sovereignty. The King who reigns. God in nature.
Frankincense to acknowledge His sacrifice. The King who serves. Man in appearance.
Myrrh to acknowledge His selflessness. The King who dies. Unrecognizable in form.
Who is everything. Who gave up everything. So we could have everything.
Who existed in the form of God, stripped Himself of all privileges, and humbled himself to death.
Who lived like a slave and died like a criminal.
Whose star still shines. Who lives forever. Amen!
A revealing moment. An illuminating discovery. A flash of comprehension.
He gave gifts to me that fit.
A passion to be like Him. Refined like gold.
A purpose to make Him known. Broken to release His fragrance.
A plan to write for Him. Dying to other earthly pursuits.
It's only fitting that I give these gifts back to Him.
What gifts has He given you?
"Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death--even death on a cross!" ~Philippians 2:5-8 (NIV)