HEARTS AFLAME: ON FIRE FOR GOD'S MISSION
Should Contemplate God's Mission
By REV BENJAMIN LEE
“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.” And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.”
– Matthew 2:1-2,11
On Christmas Day, most of us would have sung the hymn written by Charles Wesley, “Hark! the Harald Angels Sing”, of which it is written in the last stanza,
Born that man no more may die,
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.
Hark! The herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King!”
The mission of God, the newborn King, was to be born that man no more may die. Christ Jesus came on a mission that first Christmas. In that very first act of worship recorded in the Scriptures, we read of the Magi coming and bringing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. It was an act of devotion, as the Magi responded to God’s mission, by offering their best to Him.
We, likewise, have been reminded of God’s abundant love for us all, as we attended the Christmas services (whether online or onsite) yesterday. His mission to save us all, born that man no more may die, must have been declared unto us once more. How then do we respond to such extravagant love? Like the Magi, we too, Should Contemplate God’s Mission (SCGM) and make it our own mission as we also give of our best to God.
This Christmas and into 2021, perhaps, we can make it our gift to God to join Him in His mission, to make His love known to a world that ever more so needs to know His love. Our aim must be to let the world know that through Him they “no more may die”, and indeed may be able to join with the angels and sing, “Glory to the newborn King!”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR :
REV BENJAMIN LEE is a Methodist Pastor who has served in Faith Methodist Church and currently, in Wesley Methodist Church. He also serves as Vice-Chairman of SCGM Council and will assume the role as Pastor-in-charge of Toa Payoh Methodist Church on 1 January 2021.
SCGM 40TH ANNIVERSARY DEVOTIONAL CAMPAIGN
40 FRiends of SCGM have been invited to take part in our 40-Day Devotional Project to help raise funds for SCGM’s 40th Anniversary. Each day starting 20 November 2020 to 31 December 2020, SCGM will publish one devotion written by our 40 FRiends in our FundRaising effort and celebration of God’s goodness and provision over the last 40 years!
Through their devotional reflections, we pray that our FRiends of SCGM40 will bless and encourage many to reflect upon God’s Presence, Protection, Provision, Purification and Power in Missions.