Thursday, December 26, 2019

Wise Men?

"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 have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him."
Matthew 2:1-2 (NKJV)

There are many books, blogs, and articles you can find about how to succeed in life.  You can learn about how other people have done things in the past to see how you can be successful.  There are also things that talk about the habits of successful and unsuccessful people.  In my view, we could say that to succeed in life we need wisdom to do things the right way.  We can learn from what others have done and gain wisdom for ourselves so that we too can succeed.

Most people know the story of Jesus' birth.  Most people know about Mary and Joseph, the angels and shepherds, and the wise men who came to worship Jesus and bring Him gifts.  These men who came from the East were referred to as “wise men”.  Matthew 2:1-2 tells us that they saw a star that led them to Jesus and they came to worship Him.  While some scholars say these people were just astrologers, it cannot be disputed that the goal of the wise men was to find and worship Jesus. 

These wise men are a good example for us, they were paying attention to and following the right things.  We also need to pay attention to and follow the right things and be sure that the focus of our life is on Jesus.  Too often people, including Christians, put other things in their life ahead of Jesus and this is not being wise.  What are we paying attention to and following?  We need to be like these men who came to Jesus, we need to be wise men and women and put Jesus first in our life.