Tuesday, December 16, 2014

What star are you looking for?

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 when it rose and have come to worship him.” (Matthew 2:1-2 NIV)

Isn't it ironic the WISEMEN were looking for Jesus. As my devotional from Greg Laurie said last night, they were men of power and influence. They literally had everything including wealth and extensive knowledge. They were very wise and learned men. So why seek out a babe, worship him, and shower him with gifts? Even though they had "everything", they knew something was missing and they sought the world for that something! 

What are you seeking? What are you missing this Christmas season? 

I see a world desperately looking for peace, comfort, joy, and other not so honorable things like power, and wealth. They are looking in the wrong places. They are chasing the wrong star. Everything this world needs is in the babe, wrapped in clothes, lying in a manger. Even those chasing knowledge and wisdom need to look toward Jesus. Those things are not found in books, jobs, or research. Regardless what you seek, nothing of value will be found outside the love of Jesus. You might need a job, a wife, a husband, a family, your health, a home, or any number of valuable things. None of the things will help with the feelings of emptiness without Jesus. Really, all we have to do is seek him and he promises us, we will find him. It's not like tracking down a needle in a haystack. The star you seek is brilliant and visible to everyone. It is not hidden. Just turn your face toward him and you will see it.

Lord, I truly pledge to continue to seek you with every part of my life. I want nothing else but to be with you and to rejoice in your presence. Help me, Lord, stay focused on you, your star, your majesty, your love, and your grace. Thank you for loving me enough to come down to live among us and to sacrifice all that we all might truly live forever. Amen!

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