Often times God will speak an “Off-Season” word to you for an unexpected blessing. I believe that is post is just what you need to know, hear and read. Let it bless you!
Matthew records in Chapter 2, the “Visitors from the East” who sought out Jesus, “King of the Jews” so that they could worship him. It is important that you know that by the time they started seeking Jesus, scripture records that he was a child. The only personal invite from Heaven came to some lowly shepherds while they were watching their sheep by night. God sent a personal invite to them to go and see the Messiah. When the Wise Men, sought after Jesus it was because they saw a star. And they had to follow the star in order to arrive at the house where Jesus was. Eugene Peterson says in The Message, “They were in the right place! They had arrived at the right time!”(Matthew 2:10). When they arrived in the house and saw Jesus, they immediately fell down and begin to worship. A part of their worship experience was the opening of gifts. They gave 3 significant gifts to the child; gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
So you may say, “Ok, Daryl, I know the story. What is the point? What are you trying to say? It is not Christmas, as a matter of fact we just came out of Lent and now in the season of Pentacost.” Well, if you are asking those questions now, I want to let you know that you are at the right web site, at the right time!
For the past 6 months at Campbell (the church where I serve as pastor), we have been studying gifts of Spirit, operations of the Spirit, and manifestations of the Spirit. It has been so rewarding for the body of Christ. Many have discovered their God-given purpose and how they fit into the advancement of the Kingdom of God. Why do I feel this important to the body of Christ and have become very passionate about it. Because once people within the body of Christ discover, open up, stir-up their gift. The church will experience explosive growth. You would have reduced burn-out, lessened frustration, and freed the church of the “take my ball and go home mentally.” Why? Because when you help people discover their God-given purpose you put them on a collision course with destiny. Now, beloved, that is exciting. Imagine the energy that persons will have when they are working in their calling. I get excited when I think about it.
Well, I pray that as I share with you insights that I received from Matthew Chapter 2, it will put you on the right road so that you will have a collision with your destiny.
First, we must observe how they found the house where Jesus was. Simple right, they followed the star. Beloved, too many times, we follow co-stars and not the Star. There is only one star in this Christian journey, it is not you and I, it is JESUS. He is the main attraction. I stress the importance of making sure when persons come to the House of Worship they see, feel, and experience THE STAR. We sometimes make the mistake of making people, who are actually co-stars, the star. The purpose of any co-star in a movie and/or television show is to make the STAR look good. Worship is not about you “getting” but it is about you “giving.” We gather to bless the One who blesses. We are on the receiving end Monday-Saturday. When Sunday comes you ought to be a giver and not a getter. The Wise Men did not seek Jesus out to see what they could get, but they wanted to give.
Let’s take a look at the 3 gifts they bought to Jesus: Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh.
Beloved, the text reveals that they open their treasures and presented these gifts to the child. When you examine closely the gifts that were given, all three were very valuable and costly; someone could have raised the question, “why would you give a child such expensive gifts?” Gold, I think it is important for us to look at how gold is viewed. Gold is an indication of abundance; gold is extraordinary, priceless, special, uncontaminated, refined, beautiful, indestructible, and does not decay. We surely cannot deny the use of gold in the bible. Gold was used in the building of the Temple, the furnishings in the Temple, and the Ark of the Covenant, to name a few. More so, gold was given to kings. Gold represented royalty. Beloved, they gave gold to a child. Secondly, they gave frankincense. What is the significance of frankincense? Frankincense is a white balm like substances. It is taken from a tree. One would cut through the bark and allow the sap to flow out. Frankincense is highly aromatic when set on fire. It was used in the worship experiences in the temple to set the atmosphere and also represents the spiritual sacrifices going up into the throne room of God. The smoke from frankincense is symbolic of prayers, praise, adoration, and thanksgiving going up to the throne room of God. Then the last and final gift they presented to the child Jesus was myrrh. Myrrh is an expensive spice, and like frankincense, it is used for making perfume, incense, and medicine, but another purpose of myrrh is to anoint the dead. Why gold? Why frankincense? Why myrhh? Why give a child such valuable gifts?
The purpose of this post is to encourage someone in the fact that your gift(s) has more to do with where God is taking you than where you are right now. When you examine the gifts, as we did in the previous paragraph, the gifts that the child Jesus received, had more to do with his PURPOSE, than celebrating his birthday. Let’s begin celebrating our PURPOSE-DAY. The day when we discover why we are here. Living a purposeful life is living a powerful life. I am sure you have heard a lot about purpose. When can talk about purpose, but the question is how do we help each other discover their purpose. I would offer this advice to you. Your purpose is tide into your God-given gift. People are wandering purposelessly in life because they do not know their God-given gift. They have gone to school and have learned an array of skills, but have not yet sat at the feet of Jesus to learn their gift. The gifts that the Wise Men gave to the child Jesus were a sign to what Jesus was going to do in the future. Gold was given, because he was going to be King of kings. Frankincense was given because he was going to be our High Priest. Myrhh was given because he would die on the cross for the sins of the whole world.
Can I tell you again, your gift(s) is connected with your destiny.
A man’s (women’s) gift makes room for him, And brings him (her) before great men (women) (Proverbs 19:16)
In order to have a room or rooms, a door must exist and on doors are locks, and to unlock the doors you must have the key; God has set before you doors, and when you come across a door or doors that are locked, God has given you the keys to open them up, and no person will be able to close them. That “room” and/or “rooms” is where God has destined you to be. It has been said many times, your condition is not your conclusion. Don’t get stuck! Don’t throw in the towel! Be obedient! Stir up the gift that is within you, and God will bring you to “Your Room(s)”