Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”
(Matthew 2:1-2 (NIV))
Do we earnestly seek Jesus?
Do we go out of our way to find Him and to worship Him?
Would you be willing to travel to the ends of your known world in hope of finding salvation?
In today’s world, it is not uncommon for people to travel further than the Magi did for something that is of little importance. We have churches in every community, yet, many people will never step inside of one. These same people will drive hours to see a favorite sports team, yet willingly ignore the grace and mercy that is there for the taking. Our society may be more technologically advanced, but are we wiser than our ancestors? Are we wiser than the Magi?
We seek superficial rewards!
What is of importance to you?
Do you feel that what the Magi sought was and still is of importance?
Where does it rank in importance to you?
What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?
(Mark 8:36 (NIV))
I honestly believe that our society has turned this upside down. We do not care about our souls. We only care about what the world has to offer. We only partake or participate in something if we are guaranteed a reward or a personal gain.
Too bad that the world does not consider gaining eternal life a big enough reward.
The Magi were considered to be wise men. I honestly believe that our modern interpretation of wisdom is all wrong. Wisdom is not worldly knowledge and power. In the eyes of God, this is foolishness. True wisdom comes from seeking God and recognizing what you seek when it does present itself. The Magi brought expensive gifts. They were kings. They were learned men. In their worldly status, they chose to humble themselves and seek God’s Son.
We should willingly do the same. We should seek Him to whom all praise is due.
It is my prayer that we find our true reward through Jesus this Christmas.
What are you willing to endure to worship?
Copyright 1998 – 2018 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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