My Pastors most recent sermon on the unrivaled revolution of Christmas caused me to think of my ministry in the light of this holiday. The Christmas story sets the stage for an epic battle that unfolds in the sleepy town of Bethlehem. This unsuspecting baby was that which the temple of the Old Testament foreshadowed. The full deity of God that dwelt in the Holy of Holies was personified in flesh, and born to live amongst us, pursuing the restoration of the relationship we had lost in the garden.
The Messiah, Savior that would free his people from bondage as David had fought off Giant, and armies. However his revolution would look different than people would expect. Instead of rallying an army to fight, he would touch peoples lives on an individual level, healing, teaching, forgiving, and calling people to a relationship with him and the father. Ultimately the blood that he would spill would be his own, fulfilling the full cost of our sin, then conquering death he rose. He finished his work by calling us to carry out His mission, and sent us his spirit, the spirit that dwelt in the temple, then in him, would reside in us.
It’s this mission I desire to carry out working with the men in my ministry, and people in my church. I have a passion to inspire them to fight for the heart of their King, serving and loving everyone they come in contact with. He has a specific calling in his mission for each of us to serve in. This Christmas lets focus on the deeper meaning of the holiday as we celebrate with friends and family.