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A few days ago, I was reading about Jesus’ birth and the subsequent visit from the wise men in chapter 2 of the book of Matthew .
It’s a familiar story but, this time as I was reading, I found my heart being gently convicted by the Holy Spirit about some of my attitudes toward Christ.
You see, for the first time, I noticed these words in the commentary section of my Life Application Study Bible:
The wise men
“traveled thousands of miles to see the King of the Jews. When they finally found him, they responded with joy, worship, and gifts. This is so different from the approach people often take today. We expect God to come looking for us, to explain himself, prove who he is, and give us gifts. But those who are wise still seek and worship Jesus today, not for what they can get, but for who he is.”
How often do I think that God should explain Himself to me for the plans He implements in my life?
How often do I expect certain things from Him and then doubt Him when I get different results?
How often do I wander away from Him, fully expecting Him to come after me like I’m the one sheep who wandered away from the other ninety-nine (Matthew 18:12)?
I realized that that we, as Christians, should be asking ourselves:
Are we passionately and joyfully pursuing Christ, like the wise men who traveled great distances to worship our Savior and shower Him with gifts?
Think about it. These wise men left their homes, possibly their families, and traveled thousands of miles. This was a long trip that couldn’t have been easy for them. And yet they did it.
Did they expect great blessings or fortune from this journey? If they did, it isn’t mentioned in Scripture.
What is noted is this:
“When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house where the child and his mother, Mary, were, and they fell down before him and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”
And then they left. They joyfully worshiped Him, gave Him gifts, and then left. They didn’t stay, expecting blessings in return.
Think about how you view your relationship with Christ:
Are you willing to go through hardship in your pursuit of Jesus?
Are you filled with joy as you seek, find, and worship Him?
When was the last time you worshiped Jesus simply for who He is rather than what He can do for you?
These were hard questions for me!
Yes, it’s true that He will leave the ninety-nine to come find us (Matthew 18:12). Yes, He provides for our needs (Philippians 4:9). He rescues us through trials and tribulations (2 Peter 2:9). He is always the same, always faithful, we can always count on Him.
But what are we missing if, rather than running after Him with our whole hearts, we are just standing still? Not growing. Not seeking. Not pursuing.
Maybe it’s time for a change.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7).
I want to start asking, seeking, and knocking. I want to worship Jesus without expectation. I want to pursue Him.
Let’s change the attitudes of our hearts and passionately, joyfully pursue Jesus, no matter what the cost!
How about you? Is this something you need to work on? Do you have any tips for changing our hearts in this area?