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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Wise men still seek Him

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Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Pam Roth
Matthew 2:1, 11 “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea…Magi from the east came…on coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.  Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and of myrrh.”

Recently, I was reminded of a Christmas banner I had seen hanging in a church years ago.  The banner was decorated with the three wise men who came to see Jesus in Bethlehem. The words on the banner read, “Wise Men Still Seek Him.” 

There is so much truth in that message – “Wise men still ‘do’ seek him.”  As I consider that statement, my thoughts immediately go to men in my life that I consider “wise men.”

Not only are they “men after God’s own heart,” they are role models for their children.  As you know, fathers play a significant role in the life of a child.  A mom may bring the softer side to a family, but it is usually the father who challenges their children to move outside of their comfort zone and to take some risks in their lives.

And fathers, who are the spiritual leaders in their families, often bring another dynamic to the home – they sense the need to pray for their family, to model Christ-like characteristics and to impart biblical truths into their style of parenting.

Being a parent – dad or mom – is not an easy task.  We can all learn an important lesson from the three gifts – gold, frankincense and myrrh – the wise men offered to Mary and Joseph following the birth of Jesus.  Each of these gifts had a spiritual significance by representing the life of Christ: King, Priest and Sacrificial Lamb; and, when you look at the gifts from a parenting perspective, they are very applicable.  

Let’s begin with gold.  Gold is one of the most precious and moldable metals that we have.  Likewise, our children are precious and moldable, and it is our responsibility as parents to encourage our children to walk “in the way they should go.”  Through unconditional love, prayer and wisdom – our own or the wisdom of others - we can help to direct their path.

Interestingly, frankincense – an aromatic resin – is a byproduct from the Boswellia tree, which often grows out of rocky soil.  What a great reminder to us as parents that things are not always going to go smoothly.  There will be “rocky” times when we are raising our children, and, unfortunately, we will make mistakes.  Thankfully, God gives second chances, and with His gift of forgiveness, we too are able to extend forgiveness to others. 

Myrrh, another fragrant resin, expands and "blooms" when burned instead of melting or liquefying.  What a picture for us that new life comes out of dying to self.  I don’t know about you, but I often felt that God had this very thought in mind when he gave us the opportunity to become parents.  What an invaluable lesson to learn, especially in the area of patience.

Raising children can be challenging at times, and we have ample opportunities to be tested in the area of patience.  But remember this one principle: Endurance and patience produce the fruits of joy and thankfulness.  Thankfully, as a parent, you will gain a spiritual maturity, and your children will begin to “bloom” where they are planted.

Like the wise men, extend to your family gold, frankincense and myrrh.  And when opportunities arise, share the wonderful story about the birth of Christ and how “wise men (and women) still seek Him” today.  

If you’re still seeking Him, here are some things to consider:

  • Reverence for the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.  (Ps. 111:10, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding.”)
  • Come to a full understanding of the mystery of God.  (Col. 2:2 – 3, “My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”)
  • Seek first the Kingdom of God.  (Matt. 6:33, “But seek first his Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”)

Merry Christmas to you and your family.  May God bless all of you in 2014!

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The purpose of Relevant Women:
Relevant Women exists to train women to minister relevantly, to discover and grow in God’s call in their lives and to serve in their churches as godly leaders.

RW accomplishes this by:
•Teaching life changing truth
•Building significant relationships
•Practicing spiritual disciplines
•Defining our personal stories
•Developing our personal ministry

At Relevant Ministry, our vision is to equip leaders to minister relevantly in churches that will be healthy and thriving.

Our mission, to fulfill this vision, is training future leaders - building healthy ministries - and serving on the Gulf Coast. 

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