In more than three decades of my Christian life, I have been blest by 2 types of Daily devos'
(matter not exceeding 500 words) in universal Christian literature. Not only those Devos'
which have a different theme everyday but also the ones which revolve around a certain
theme over a period of time, say a fortnight, have richly edified me. In fact, both
styles have their own inherent advantages. If the former style caters to the varying
spiritual needs of a christian from day-to-day, the latter aims 'to ground'
a child of God in a certain subject in order he derives the full benefits of the
deep insightful study of a certain topic, spread over a fixed span of time.
In my Daily devo page, I have consciously tried to go in for 'a blend of both the
styles' whereby within a constant theme, I would be aiming to focus on different
facets of it which admittedly is a closer imitation of the 'Constant theme' style
than the 'Varying topics' one.
As the month of December coincides with the Christmas season, in this month I intend to
dwell exclusively on all the topics revolving around Christmas using the visit of the
Wise man described in Matthew 2 as the base.
Let me wish you a happy and an edifying read… oh yes-MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF US!
A balance in everything…
The Levites—Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah,
Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan and Pelaiah—instructed the people in the
Law while the people were standing there. They read from the Book of the Law of God,
making it clear and giving the meaning so that the people could understand what was being
The priests, who are Levites—indeed the whole tribe of Levi—are to have no allotment or
inheritance with Israel. They shall live on the offerings made to the LORD by fire, for
that is their inheritance –
Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting,
committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust –
The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially
those whose work is preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, "Do not muzzle the ox while
it is treading out the grain," and "The worker deserves his wages." -
I Tim 5:17-18
Our study of the visit of the Wise men as a part of the broader Christmas story with special reference to
their third gift –Myrrh- has taken us ‘places’. These ‘places’ have been
We had concluded yesterday’s meditation with a lead-up thought…. What purpose does the dichotomy
in the Church of Clergy and Laity serve?
Before, we answer this question; we need to answer a bigger one, which is ‘What is the original
purpose of Man’s creation?’ The answer is “to worship Him”, which is summed in the first
commandment, which reads thus…
“Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all
your soul and with all your strength.” Deu 6:5
For that to happen, there has to be constant instruction
much like what a coach of an aspiring athlete for a consideration
does to fine tune his ward to pursue and attain athletic excellence…only that
the stakes (eternal rewards) in the spiritual realm are infinitely higher.
Fine balance is the hallmark in all of God’s creation bearing his stamp of infinite genius.
Be it in the Solar system or the Ecology or the family system, we see the ‘principle of symbiosis’
working conspicuously. Life in our planet is preserved by a marvelous inversely dependent symbiotic
relationship between plant and animal life. Plants inhale carbon dioxide and exhale oxygen, whereas
the animal world does exactly the opposite. Similarly father and mother in a traditional family
unit of a working father and a housewife mother functionally undertake disparate activities to
bring-up their young ones’. Dear friends, is not a clear picture emerging in your minds at this
juncture? Our God who in His sovereign wisdom has created a finely balanced world, has in the
spiritual realm too created a wonderful balance of clergy and laity each mutually depending on
one another. Very consistent with the rest of His creation. Right?
Both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament the Scriptural instruction is loud and clear.
The Clergy (Pastors in the New Testament context) are to spend their life time familiarizing themselves
with the will and ways of the Creator in order they teach the same to the laity in order the purpose
outlined in the I Commandment in essence is achieved, whereas the laity on their part are expected
to support them with their offerings
(I Cor 9:13).
What then about Missionaries who have call different from that of clergy? Who is to sustain them? Let
Bible do all the talking…
Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers, even
though they are strangers to you. They have told the church about your love. You will do well to send them
on their way in a manner worthy of God. It was for the sake of the Name that
they went out, receiving no help from the pagans. We ought therefore to show
hospitality to such men so that we may work together for the truth.
These are the words of commendation of apostle John to a prominent Christian namely Gaius of the
early Church who was rendering great financial and social help to the early missionaries.
What about apostle Paul, who largely never depended on any sponsor
(I Cor 9:15-19)?
It is a measure of his magnanimity that he let go of even his legitimate rights to accept financial
(I Thess 2:9)
from the people he was ministering unto, (resorting instead to
tent-making to sustain himself -
Acts 18:2-3) for fear of they mistaking him for profiteering
fake god men, who abounded then, just as they do now
(II Cor 2:17).
Tomorrow lets focus upon to this dangerous breed of ‘false teachers who with an eye on the
purse of the gullible, virtually fleece them’, in order we keep them at an arm’s length.
Father, thou in thy love have ordained ‘men after thy own heart’ to shepherd thy flock
lovingly. Give us the discerning spirit to recognize them and whole-heartedly appreciate and
support their work. In Jesus’ name. Amen.