Friday, February 17, 2023

Owen: gifts

Friday, February 17, 2023
    Feast of Janani Luwum, Archbishop of Uganda, Martyr, 1977
    On coming to the house, [the Magi] saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.
    —Matthew 2:11 (NIV)
    Gifts are servants, not rulers, in the mind; are bestowed on us to be serviceable unto grace, not to lead, but to follow it, and to be ready with their assistance on its exercise.
    ... John Owen (1616-1683), Works of John Owen, v. VII, London: Johnson & Hunter, 1852, p. 250 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 2:11; 1 Cor. 1:5-7; 7:7; 12:4-11; Eph. 2:8-9; 4:7-8; Jas. 1:5; 1 Pet. 4:10
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your Son is the ultimate gift to sinners.
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