“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.” Matthew 2:11
“God rewards those who seek Him. Not those who seek doctrine of religion or systems or creeds. Many settle for these lesser passions, but the reward goes to those who settle for nothing less than Jesus himself. And what is the reward? What awaits those who seek Jesus? Nothing short of the heart of Jesus.” Max Lucado
- How is your heart today? Ask God that He would reveal Himself to you through the study of His Word.
- Grab your Bibles, find a comfortable spot in front of your Christmas tree, and let’s look at what it means to seek the Lord in Matthew 2:1-12. Go ahead and write verse 11 in your journal.
Wise Women Seek Jesus
Sweet mamas, you have worked so hard these past weeks making Christmas special for your family. The rush of this season can be exhausting! When I am busy, my eyes tend to focus anywhere but on Jesus. However, during this eventful season, God is calling us to seek His grace, to worship Him, and to find ourselves at peace in His arms.
How do we actively seek that baby, Word became flesh, the embodiment of all Truth, born two thousand years ago? How can we possibly scrape together enough energy for worship after we have spent it all on this long journey toward Christmas Day?
The wise men mentioned in Matthew, were some of the most unlikely people to seek the baby Jesus. They were Gentiles from a country far away who came to worship the long prophesied “King of the Jews.” Moreover, they had to travel up to two years to find Jesus, guided simply by a star and their knowledge of ancient Scripture.
What a long, challenging journey! However, they persisted in their resolution to see the Savior of the World. Each time they saw the star appear to guide them, they were recipients of God’s grace. Do you feel as if you are on a long journey this Christmas? One leading you further from the Lord, as opposed to closer to His heart? God is shining His light of grace on you as well beloved sister! He tells us in 2 Peter 1:19 “There is a Day-Star that arises in the hearts of those that enquire after Christ.” Jesus is just waiting to shine His glorious, healing light into every corner of your life!
He will be your strength as you seek His Son this season. He promises in Jeremiah 29:13 “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Trust Him with your heart and your desire for Him. He has many great things to show you! In love, He whispers “Call to me, and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3).
When the wise men finally found Jesus, the purpose of their seeking was fulfilled as they “fell down and worshiped Him.” When we find our Savior this Christmas and beyond, in all of the busyness and mess of life, how can we humble ourselves in worship?
In Romans 12:1, Paul encourages, “I urge you, therefore…to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God which is your spiritual service of worship.” We can worship Jesus by presenting ourselves: our strengths, weaknesses, desires, talents and failings to Him to use as He wishes. Giving Him the very things that we hold closest to our heart is the ultimate act of adoration.
As this Christmas season ends and a new year begins, would you join me in seeking Jesus and in asking Him to reveal Himself to you in a way only He is able? Let us commit to worshiping Him by giving ourselves as an offering and resting in His goodness and love for each of us. He wants you to seek Him, sweet friend! Jesus wants to make His presence and the gift of His grace known to you in the days to come.
Questions to Ponder
- Has it been hard for you to keep your focus on Christ this Christmas season?
- How can you commit to seeking Him as Christmas comes to a close and a new year opens wide before you?
- In worship, the wise men presented Jesus with very precious gifts. What can you give to your Savior today? On a small piece of paper, have each of your family members write down a gift they will give to the Lord this Christmas. Give from your heart as opposed to places of excess in your life. What do you need to turn over to the Lord? With what do you need to trust Him? Keep these papers in a small decorative box or a stocking and bring them out next Christmas to read over with a new commitment.
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-How would it change your outlook on the holidays if seeking Jesus was your priority? How can you encourage your children to focus on Jesus in these last few days before Christmas?[/box]