“On that day, declares the Lord of hosts, I will take you, O Zerubbabel my servant, the son of Shealtiel, declares the Lord, and make you like a signet ring, for I have chosen you, declares the Lord of hosts.”
A few years ago, the Lord planted a seed in my heart to start a publication. What you now hold in your hands is the fruition of that seed. Often, Jesus calls us toward tasks that we may feel ill-equipped to accomplish, but truly He has given us all the ability and power we need to be obedient. William Carey, the father of modern missions, stated in 1792, “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.”
The simplicity and boldness of Carey’s words have been a personal encouragement in the cultivation, growth, and realization of this publication. The process has been both inspiring and challenging, built on prayer and faith in our living God.
The name of the publication, Signet Ring, is itself a Divine revelation in that the Spirit led me to the verse in Haggai you see above. A signet ring is worn by kings or those in authority to show as evidence of their authority. Our Divine King, Jesus Christ, has set His authentic impression upon His disciples just as a signet ring is impressed upon a document or envelope to seal it and prove ownership. Sealed with the Holy Spirit until the day of redemption, we, as disciples, enjoy a royal inheritance and authority granted to us by Christ.
The focus of this first issue is on true discipleship. Jon Birch shares the authentic mark of a disciple. Andrew Needham discusses the power of prayer. Candy Abbott explains being led by the Holy Spirit in ministry. These are only a few of the topics explored, but throughout this issue you will see that where Jesus leads, His disciples follow.
Not attached to any denominational standard, Signet Ring’s purpose is to encourage and edify those followers of Jesus who place their faith in Him alone. I pray the heart of Christ shines through each author and contributor, and I trust you will find this issue as challenging and refreshing as I have.