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He...gave gifts to men

12/28/12

I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called,with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love,endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive and gave gifts to men.” Ephesians 4:1-3,7-8

 

Good day!

I hope that you had a blessed Christmas with your family, glorifying God and reminding each other of the true meaning of Christmas. How Christ was born lowly and yet was still fully God born as a man who grew up always serving His Father and respecting his dad and mom.

 

Now, I want to tell you how a wonderful, useful item is made. The first step is to put it in a bath to rinse away dirt and other impurities. After that, individual fibers must be separated from one another. Next, heating and drying it seals the fibers closer and closer together, turning them gradually step-by-step into the finished product. The calender consisting of big, heavy, cast iron rollers which press it smooth and uniform in thickness. After a bit more drying, they are rolled onto a big spool or reel. The pulp, a miraculous mat of fibers from trees has become paper.

 

I thought of this example last night and was amazed at how much it related to the Christian life. This example can represent how God molds us and makes us more like Himself until at last we shall be perfect in heaven. Although the steps are a little out of order when relating to life, they are still similar.

 

God chooses us and separates us (wood fibers). Then, He puts us in a bath to rinse away the dirt and other impurities. Next, we are tried with tribulations (heated and dried) which seals us closer together. Each step brings us closer to becoming the finished product. Then, we are pressed more smooth and uniform through heavy times that make us rely on God for everything (as we should anyway). After a bit more drying, we will be a finished product when we get to heaven.

 

In the passage above, I want to especially dwell on how Christ was given as a gift, conquered death and gave us gifts. God gave us gifts so that we can use them to serve others as Jesus did while He was on earth. Give to others to show your love for them. We especially remember to give around Christmas, but I encourage you to remember to use the talents God has given you as often as you can. It brings glory to God when you serve others while seeking to remember that you are working for Him.

 

Thoughts are words to God. So guard your thoughts with vigilance. Guard against the prowler.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

 

Comments


  • 19 months ago

    LoyalWarrior

    Good points 2 remember.

  • 19 months ago

    dgmisal

    I understand a lot of the "reasons" for not celebrating Christmas, but I tend to think that many of them are pretty pointless.  Do good Christians call the days of the week by other names, and many of the months, so as not to take part in the "paganism" of the modern calendar?  Does God seem quite that silly?  Not when I read Paul's exhortation to NOT STRESS SO HARD about eating meat sacrificed to idols, or not to worry about marriage, yes or no, or [insert other examples here, there are plenty of them].  

     

    I'm not talking about cheap grace, or whatever - and I agree that we need to remember Christ's death and sacrificial purpose and spread that good news to the world.  But this is a stellar time to share the first part of the good news - Christ came.  We just can't forget the last two parts.  He died, and He conquered.  

  • 19 months ago

    cwilson1957

    Nothing wrong with Christmas..as long as we keep Jesus first..

  • 19 months ago

    cwilson1957

    Very nice!!

  • 19 months ago

    LoyalWarrior

    I have friends who do not celebrate Christmas so the idea is not new to me. I also struggled with it for a while trying to figure out whether I should celebrate it or not. 

    What I decided on (seeking God during decision making process), was that I would celebrate Christmas (remembering Jesus birth, life, death and resurrection) and use the holiday to share the gospel. 

    Many people don't know the reason, so I tell them. That provided an opportunity to share the gospel. Most people want to know the story behind Christmas and most never new there was one. = the gospel gets spread

    Though I celebrate and remember what Jesus has done, during the whole year, Christmas is a time to esp. remember and hone down on understanding better what exactly He has done for us.

    The purpose of us living is to bring glory to God and share the gospel believing that God will save souls. I believe that God can get glory through terrible events such as shootings. Thus, I also believe God can get glory through a widely misguided holiday such as Christmas.

    That is my opinion on holidays and Christmas. What is yours?

  • 19 months ago

    kiwi

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