Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” (Matthew 2:1-2)
What does it look like to worship? We all worship something whether we realize it or not. Worship is to adore, to revere or to regard one thing higher than another. Sound familiar? We worship our favorite sports teams, people in our lives – and those we don’t even know, our homes, our cars, even our electronics. But do we worship the King?
One key part of worship is obedience. The wise men we read about in Matthew were obedient to the Lord. They saw his star and they followed it. They didn’t wait until it was safe, they just went. We see a little later in chapter 2 that the wise men were“…warned in a dream not to return to Herod,” and “they departed to their own country by another way.” (v.12) Again, they obeyed. The wise mens’ obedience showed their reverence and regard for the King.
What are you giving your obedience and adoration to? Jesus Christ, the babe in the manger, is the Savior King. This helpless baby is still stronger than our brokenness and worthy of our obedience, adoration and reverence.
Discipleship Challenge: Take a look at your own heart – where are you giving your time? Your money? Your affection? Live a life of adoration that overflows to those you come in contact with on a daily basis. Be prepared to tell them why your life looks the way it does.
Jessica Clipperton is Downline’s Director of Communications. You can follow her on twitter.