The Master's Ministry
Bringing Your Gifts to the Son
August 18, 2017
At noon on August 21, 7 B.C., Jesus, the son of Joseph and Mary, was born in the city of Bethlehem. This fact we learn from The Urantia Book, Paper 122, Chapter 8, paragraph 1.
Although the Bible does not reveal the exact date of Jesus’ birth, the circumstances surrounding Jesus’ birth, as set forth in the Bible, are consistent with the birth occurring in the warm month of August. In particular, the Bible reports that “there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.” (Luke 2:8) This would not occur in the cold winter month of December.
Since learning of this date, many Urantia Book readers are thrilled to set aside this date to celebrate the anniversary of Jesus’ birth. Perhaps you will be participating in one of these celebrations this year. As you plan your activities to honor Jesus, have you decided what gift you will bring? Surely, you do not plan to show up empty handed! But, really, what gift can you give to the one ‘who has the name that is above every other name’? To the one who created all things and to whom every person should bow? (Philippians 2:9-10; UB 128:1.10) Perhaps we can share some gift ideas.
1. Make an extra effort to display the fruits of the spirit – the fruits of the Spirit of Truth – the presence of the glorified Jesus, enumerated as love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.
(UB 34:6.13; Galatians 5:22-23)
2. Offer a sincere smile to a stranger, or many smiles to many strangers, a smile that conveys your recognition of their value as a child of our Universe Father.
3. Pay it forward – go out of your way to do something nice for another person.
4. Let your spouse, your children, or other family member know how important they are to you. Give a meaningful heartfelt compliment.
5. Make it a point to show patience to your spiritual brothers and sisters, and ‘the least of Christ brothers,’ especially those with whom you disagree.
6. Step out of your comfort zone and do something courageous of a spiritual nature – something you have wanted to do but have been too shy or timid to try.
7. Do an honest self-evaluation, discuss your flaws openly and freely in prayer, and make a determined effort to change.
8. Become a ‘second miler’ by lifting Jesus up, revealing the Master to all men, and by being ‘overflowing sources of inspiration and enhanced living to all men.’
9. And finally, by getting involved in the Master’s ministry and finishing the work Jesus began. (UB 178:3.2)
You may be able to think of many other ‘gifts’ you can bring to the Son on his earth birthday. So if you celebrate, enjoy the festivities, keeping ever in mind that Jesus is the guest of honor.
Your Family in the Faith,
[NOTE: Interestingly, this year, August 21st coincides with a total eclipse of the sun in the northern part of the United States, which has turned this date into one of controversy and intrigue, and an opportunity for some to look for signs and omens. But others, including the authors of this site, are happy to acknowledge this date as an important one in our planetary history, without the need to attach any superstitious ideas to it.]
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