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26/12/2020 03:00 - 27/12/2020 02:00

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel” - Isaiah 7:14 (NIV)

In recent times there has been an interest, bordering on fixation, concerning the actual date of the birth of Jesus Christ. In certain circles it is very much disputed that 25th should be the day of celebration. It is said that this used to be a traditional practice to honour the Roman god Saturn that was later embraced by Christians after the conversion of Emperor Constantine 1 in 312. Since members of the Russian Orthodox Church observe the Gregorian calendar (unlike us who follow the Julian calendar) for them Christmas is actually celebrated later on January 7th!

While the exact date of Jesus’ birth may be up for debate, one thing that can’t be disputed is his birth, which scriptures had long predicted. The prophet Isaiah prophesied 700 years before he was born: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called. Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9: 6). The three wise were very much aware of the prophecy in Daniel (9) foretelling of his birth and did not hesitate to follow the star to the East once it lighted. “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him” (Mathew 2:1).

Today, for us, the matter may not be so much if 25th is the exact birthday of Jesus; what is important is to receive him as Lord and Saviour, for that was the very purpose of his birth. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.…” (John 3:16). Let us celebrate His birth for the gift of eternal life.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, today on Christmas day, we not only celebrate the birth of your son Jesus Christ, but also, gladly accept Him as our Lord and Saviour, as the king of our lives!

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    Every now and then one chances upon someone despising the importance of being enterprising. To some being enterprising can be equated to the love of money and it’s pitfalls (1 Tim 6:10). Others see it as being overtly worldly. Yet, far from it, being enterprising is clearly an avenue God has given believers to raise resources for their well-being and promotion of the rich Gospel.

    The Bible is full of enterprising characters who were used mightily of God. Abraham was apparently a good rancher that he “become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold” (Gen 13:2). Job was hated by Satan who sought to destroy him because “He owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 female donkeys. He also had many servants. He was, in fact, the richest person in that entire area” (Job 1:3).

    The Lord Jesus Christ was born and raised in the house of Joseph, the carpenter (Mathew 13:55). Carpenters do not create works of beauty to donate for free. To prosper they must run sustainable enterprises which pay taxes and make profit. The Apostle Paul would often rely on enterprising people to support him in his ministry. One of his worthy converts “was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God (Acts 16:14).

    Though Paul was a law don once he went to the mission field, other than cling to his titles by burdening his hosts he often dabbled in tent making to support himself. In Corinth he teamed up with an amazing couple, Priscilla and Aquila, and “because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them” (Acts 18:3). This couple run a successful tent making business that enabled them support mission work.

    And then of course, there is the noble woman of character, as told in Proverbs 31, who “selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings.. She sees that her trading is profitable…She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes (vv 13-25).

    When the body of believers is filled with such enterprising people it generates resources important to sustain God’s work. Further, the work of God is then supported without being dependent on sources that might compromise the mission, as sometimes we see! Be enterprising!

    Prayer for today: Lord father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, you who has given us the gift of enterprise, today I pray to use this gift to take care of my needs and support the expansion of your kingdom on earth, this I pray in Jesus’ Name.

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