My wife gave me this question the other day after reading it in a devotional and it was a great question. Story Below….
Matthew 2:1-12 The Three Wise Men
1. After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi[a] from the east came to Jerusalem 2. and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: 6 “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’[b]” 7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” 9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they 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, frankincense and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
As you see from the story that the Wise Men went in search of Jesus and even stopped to ask directions J… and they did not stop until they found him. They followed the light and listened to what the spirit had to say – then when they found him they worshiped him…. How much Wiser can you get?
My next question is: Do we follow the same wisdom when we are seeking Jesus? We should always have a relationship with Christ if we have accepted him – but there are those times that we try to do in on our own and really blow it in the process. So during those times when I need to seek him out again to help me along the way – do I follow the wisdom of the wise men?
- Do I search him out until I find him?
- Do I listen as the Spirit as he guides me along the way?
- Do I seek advice when I cannot find him? **The right advice…
- Do I worship him when we are connected once again?
- Do I bring him all of my gifts – or all that I have?
These are questions that I should be asking of myself when my relationship with Jesus is not at its fullest…
So if your relationship with Christ during this Christmas Season is not at its fullest– ask these questions and fulfil all of them…