Protect the Gift
I stand amazed at people who have an understanding of what their gift is and how it is to be protected in order be of most benefit to the world. Can you imagine Rembrandt painting houses? No, he would “protect the gift” of his artistic expression because he had a dream of bringing biblical scenes to life. Now if your gift is painting houses, do it like Rembrandt and make it a work of art so that when the owners of the house come home they will sense the love and artistic care that went into creating a new canvas of color for them to live out their dreams.
Dreams and gifts go hand in hand. You can't have one without the other. The proverbial question arises, though, "Which came first the chicken or the egg" or in this case, "Which came first the dream or the gift?" Oftentimes we don't realize we've had the gift all along until we have the dream which awakens the gift within us. Once our gift starts to receive some traction in the world, there will be those who try to kill it because they feel threatened by it. Such was the case with Joseph and Mary's gift. Herod felt threatened by the birth of the King of the Jews. Once again, Joseph received direction in his dream about how to "Protect the Gift" by following the instructions to flee to Egypt so Jesus could grow and thrive without threats to his life. Your gift is precious and needs protection, too. So pay attention to the promptings you have concerning it and thereby "Protect the Gift."
Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.” (Matthew 2:13-15 ESV)
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