Don't miss the moment: 4 things we can learn from the Wise Men this Christmas!

Updated: Dec 24, 2019

" They didn't miss the moment to give Jesus their worship because their hearts were already in a place of surrender to God. "

Hey Friends!

Welcome to The Avenue, where we are finding our way to the way maker.

As we prepare for Christmas and the holiday chaos, I wanted to take a second to allow us to remember why we celebrate.

In Matthew chapter 2, we meet these three men, Magi, who traveled from the east to meet Jesus. These Men are mentioned often in the story of Jesus birth as the kings who brought gifts to him. And you've probably seen them in every nativity scene. But there is something deeper I felt like God wanted us to know about the significance of these Magi coming to meet Jesus.

So let's dive in!

Matthew 2: 1-2

"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."

I love that this story starts by saying these men (Magi), distinguished foreigners, have traveled to meet Jesus. They see a star, and without any question, begin to make their way to the King. Studies show that this journey took about two years before they got to Jerusalem. When the Magi arrive, the first question they asked is, "where is the one who has been born King of the Jews?"

God had revealed to them a star, a distant place, and told them to follow it. They knew the direction to which to walk but not the exact location.

Two years. Let's take a moment to think about that.

The bible doesn't talk much about what happened on this journey. But I can take a guess and say that it probably felt much longer than two years for these eager men. Have you ever prayed and wanted an answer from God right then and there? And then, months go by, and you start to feel forgotten or lost. I can bet at some point on this journey they got tired. They probably had moments of weakness, but they didn't stop.

1) The wise men teach us not to miss the moment; to have faith that perseveres.

The journey was long, but they knew for every mile walked they were closer to the messiah.

Maybe you're like me and in a season right now where God has asked you to go somewhere or do something without being able to see the end.

Or maybe you're in a relationship right now, a job, a friendship, where you feel like God is asking you to go forward.

Will you look up and follow the star? Can you trust that the one guiding you, will never leave you astray no matter how long the journey?

Whatever it is your walking into or away from, let's have a faith that perseveres without any delay or hesitation. God is calling you closer, so come out of the east, start walking, Jesus is near.

Hebrews 12: 1-2

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith."

How beautiful it is to know that even when we can't see the end, we know who is at the end.

2) The wise men teach us not to miss the moment; to have eyes fixed on Jesus

Matthew 2: 9-11

"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."

And what happens next is one of the most critical parts of the story...

Because when you fix your eyes on Jesus, you can't help but be overwhelmed in his presence.

Matthew 2: 10

"When they saw the star, they were overjoyed."

And it gets even better.

3) The wise men teach us not to miss the moment; to have a heart of worship

Matthew 2: 11

"On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. They opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh."

The moment they see Jesus, it says they open their treasures.

So, let me ask you, Where is your heart?

Matthew 6: 21

"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

So often, we go to Jesus waiting on opened doors, miracles, and healing as if he is a genie, but God wasn't waiting on Jesus to arrive. He was waiting for them.

When you surrender, He will meet your needs and even more.

Nobody opened their treasures for them; they did it themselves.

Their worship wasn't just the act of the physical it was the spiritual act of opening their heart at the feet of Jesus.

After this long journey, that probably wasn't easy; they were still so fixated on the messiah that the moment they see Jesus, they boldly surrender their hearts overwhelmed at his feet.

They didn't miss the moment to give Jesus their worship because their hearts were already in a place of surrender to God.

Most, if not all of us, have gone through a point in life where "the journey" seemed nearly impossible. BUT TAKE HEART.

Isaiah 9:6

"For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."

Let this encourage you.

4) The wise men teach us not to miss the moment; to seek Jesus.

God is waiting on you to step out from your comfort zone, come travel back to him, surrender your heart, and experience an everlasting joy!

As you give and receive gifts this Christmas, I hope you can remind yourself of the greatest gift you'll ever receive... Jesus.

Don't miss the moment.


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