Sunday, January 29, 2006


Greetings all,

Modern Day Magi from Australia and I have been communicating these past few days in his and my comment sections. I've been contemplating his name and it's meaning.

From what I can tell, he is a very humble Christian who, like the Magi from Matthew, is on a journey and that journey will ultimately lead him to our Lord where he will be able to gaze at his presence.

Why is he doing this? Is it for salvation? Is it so that he can exalt himself in front of all of us who aren't doing that? No. He's doing it because he loves God and that's good enough for him.

What a truly honorable and heroic example of witness this is. For today, we live in a world and society that thinks, "What's in it for me?" There's a humble man living on the other end of the world from me who's so truly searching for God. And when he gets there, he's not going to ask God, "Where's my reward!" Instead, he will kneel in front of him in awe and say, "God, I've brought you a gift."

MDM, we may differ on some doctrinal issues. But thank you for being such a heroic witness to the Truth.


Modern Day Magi said...

wow indeed!!!
thanks for the hearty encouragement theden.
I don't really know how to respond other than to give a few of my favorite verses of late.

"It is God's privilege to conceal things and the king's privilege to discover them."
- Proverbs 25:2 (NLT)
It truely is an incredible privilege to be able to freely search the scriptures, and have God speak to us through them. Without fear of the persecution so many of our brothers and sisters in Christ face in various parts of the world.

"For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse."
- Romans 1:20 (NIV)
While not a substitute for scripture, the complex wonder found in all of Gods creation crys out Glory to Him above all.

"Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life."
- 1 Timothy 1:15-16 (NIV)
Paul saying this gives me great hope. This is scripture, not Paul's humility. when ever i feel undeserving of grace and ask "why should God save one a wretched as me?" I am reminded that Paul was a worse sinner than I will ever be. God's grace is enough to save me, lucky because I'm not righteous enough to save myself.

TheDen said...

"While not a substitute for scripture, the complex wonder found in all of Gods creation crys out Glory to Him above all."

I think God is talking to both of us at the same time! I was just thinking about the same thing this morning.

What you said is very scriptural. All creatures on earth (with the exception of man who was given free will) do God's will unknowingly and thus glorify God. Why? Because God created them and they are good. It's in Genesis 1.

Think about it. Can we call any animal evil? Can an animal sin? No, because they are doing what God designed them to do. It's some pretty deep stuff when you really contemplate it.

God bless and you're welcome.