Modern Day Worshipers – An Advent Reading

AdventThe world is sin sick. Wisdom is hard to find. Man’s own opinion beats a path to disaster. All the seminars, self-help books, and degrees in the world cannot make up for our need of a worthy King to worship. To find him, our lives must often be disrupted. We must be paying attention.

Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking,“Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.”

And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Matthew 2:1-2, 9-11

Worship restores balance. Jesus is King. We are not. Our hearts are made glad when we give him the honor due his name. The wise men weren’t the only worshipers of Jesus, or the first. But they were devoted. To leave home in search of him was a commitment. Their worship cost them something.

Are you a modern-day worshiper?

The wise men set the example of worshiping Jesus at all cost. The world around us is drowning in false worship. We too can set the example of what true worship looks like. We can restore the balance in our lives by offering the sacrifice of worship in every circumstance. Come, let us adore him.

Let’s pray:
Father, regardless of the circumstances we find ourselves in we want to be worshipers this Christmas. Teach us to search you out in the moments of our holiday season. Thank you for your Son, born a King worthy of worship. Amen.

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