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An Epiphany

The day of Epiphany is twelve days after Christmas at the end of the season known as Christmastide.

The Christian feast day celebrates that celebrates the revelation of God the Son as a human being in Jesus Christ (Wikipedia). This revelation of God’s humanity is one of the greatest triumphs of Christianity.

Normally, when a people or a culture idolize a person, that person is usually depicted as strong and indestructable, powerful. We picture conquerors, commanders, and conquistadors (hey, I was going with the alliteration thing). We elevate our heroes. We put them on pedestals. Even the term idolize conveys a sense of worship.

Our hero, our leader, went from divinity to humanity, from everything to nothing, from the highest to the lowest. Jesus became human, so humans could become like Him.

So, if our highest goal is to become more like Jesus, if our endgame is to be like Him, if He is the perfection to which we are traveling towards, then we must first acknowledge our own humanity. But through that humanity recognize the spark of divine that is in each one of us.

Thank you, Lord, for the day of Epiphany! Thank you for your humanity! Thank you for you divinity! Thank you, Emmanuel, for being with us!

God-pleasers

Galatians 1:10 NLT - ”Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.”

God-pleasers

Although Paul does not come right out and say it, this is a warning to teachers and preachers of God’s Truth.  Before this verse, there is a passage about a curse upon people who incorrectly teach or represent the Good News.

I suppose that there is a trap for ministers to tell people only what they want to hear or only what we think will not upset them.  With increased attention on the size of congregations and the amount of offerings, an unhappy parallel can begin to form.  If we tell people what they do not want to hear, then they stop coming to church, we have lost another member of our congregation.  I do not see the position of a minister as one of only challenging the wrongs of others.  But, truth is truth.  We can speak the truth in love for the building up of God’s Kingdom.

For the sake of Christ and the Good News, we must be willing to say what God lays on our hearts, no matter whether people approve of us or not.

If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.

Soli Deo Gloria!