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What Child Is This?

December 24, 2017

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 myrrh. — Matthew 2:11

 

So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh,
Come, peasant, king, to own him.
The King of kings salvation brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone him.

 

The word enthrone literally means “to mark the beginning of someone’s rule.” The word rule literally means “ultimate power and authority.” So, when I gave my heart to Jesus at the age of seven and made Him my King, I had no idea what that would eventually mean. (I just knew I didn’t want to go to Hell.) But over time, I recognized the implications of His kingship on specific areas of my life, my financial life, my vocational life, and my family life.

 

When I was seven, I had no money. Jesus technically already ruled my finances, but I didn’t have any! But, when I started making money bagging groceries as a teenager, I had to remember that I had already enthroned Him. So, at that point, I simply had another gift to give my King. Even before I was in ministry, moving from a “box-boy” to a young marketing executive on the up come, I tithed my income. Over the years, Sheryl and I have never looked back, still giving even more than 10% of our income back to the church.

 

At the age of seven, I had no vocational aspirations beyond whatever notions of heroism a typical kid might have. But after college and grad school, I had to make a choice. After watching how a local church treated my dad, becoming a pastor was the absolute last thing I wanted to be. The problem was, it wasn’t my call. I’d already enthroned Jesus. Being at HDC for the past three decades is Sheryl’s and my ongoing vocational gift to our King.

 

At the age of seven, I didn’t even know Sheryl. Had I known her then, I would have married her then! All that to say, when we did become a family, we had to make marriage decisions and later make parenting decisions that honored Jesus. Each of those decisions were gifts to the King we had already enthroned.

 

For the past 56 years, I’ve been learning what it means to act out my original decision to enthrone Him. The Magi have been a perfect example for me, giving Jesus what He deserves, as my King!

 

So, what part of your life could you gift Him today? When you received Him as your Savior, you enthroned Him as your King. Back then, you may not have even known that a particular relationship or opportunity would ever be part of the conversation. But now it is. As the songwriter said, regardless of our station in life, whether peasant or king, it’s time we own our responsibility, as a member of His Kingdom, and bring it to Jesus.

 

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