Not So Typical Worship: The Wise Men

I am afraid that most Christians in the United States fail in their worship when measured against the worship of the wise men of Matthew 2. I am afraid that Christianity is very weak in America. I hope that you do not have typical worship in your church. I pray it is not in mine. The wise men practiced not so typical worship.

Notice in Matthew 2:2 that the wise men proclaim, "...we have seen his star in the east...". They knew the Scripture. They were well aware of of the prophecy of Numbers 24:17. They knew what to look for, and when they saw it, they recognized it. I Peter 3:15 tells us that we are to know the Scriptures and be able to give an answer for the hope that is within us. The wise men were able to do that. Can you?

It is not just your pastor's job to know the Scripture. You ought to be able to defend your position on salvation, baptism, eternal security, etc. You ought to know the Scriptures well enough that when called upon you can use the Word of God to defend your position. The answer "the Bible says so" doesn't cut it. Where does the Bible say so? The wise men were not so typical.

Notice also in verse 2 that the wise men came asking, "Where is he that is born King of the Jews?" They came seeking the Lord. They left their homeland on a journey to find the Messiah. How much time do you spend seeking the face of God in prayer? In Bible study? In service? The wise men sought the Christ child--not so typical in our modern US churches.

In verse 9, we see that the wise men followed divine direction--the star. Are you consciously aware of that still, small voice that wants to be involved with your every decision? Do you allow The Holy Spirit to lead you throughout the day? Do you allow for divine direction in your life? The wise men did.

The wise men rejoiced with exceeding great joy in verse 10. Rejoicing ought to be a natural part of the Christian's life. It is actually part of being Spirit-filled according to Ephesians 5:18-20. Sad to say, but most Christians complain rather than rejoice. Give God praise and thanks in everything. You will be a better person for it, and He will be glorified.

In verse 11, the wise men worshiped the young child. Notice they worshiped Jesus--not Mary. Enough said.

Also in verse 11 the wise men gave. Giving out of your abundance is not really giving. What have you given the Lord lately that has cost you something? What have you sacrificed for Him?  He gave His all for you. Romans 12:1 puts it in perspective--"...present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service."

Take a good look at your life. You may say, I'm just fine". Take another look. Be absolutely sure that you are not so typical. Christ is worth your all. He really is.


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Abrushing1968 5 years ago from USA- Florida

Good word my friend.

ABR


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee

up & beautiful! Well written and compelling. Beautiful message of inspiration and challenge. Our pastor used this same scripture yesterday morning.

Merry Christmas and blessings...


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

AMEN! Awesome job, yes we all are to study to show ourselves approved!


Lifegate 5 years ago

ABR,

Thanks for stopping by. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Samsons,

Thanks for the vote. Wishing you a great time as you celebrate the Lord's birth.

Michael,

Good to hear from you. Merry Christmas to you and your family as you seek to serve God in the New Year!


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Faithful Daughter 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

WOW!! Awesome morning message for the spirit! Amen!


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Debradoo 5 years ago from Cocoa, Florida

Amen and amen!! Excellent reminder that without Him, we are and can do NO-THING!! We can never ignore or belittle the fact that He is more than worthy of our praise and worship and attention, every moment of every day!


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

Excellent questions.

And so true that we should not leave our personal spiritual growth and relationship up to our pastors. It is our job to read the Word for ourselves and be in prayer, keeping our lamps filled with oil.


Lifegate 5 years ago

FD,

Thanks for your visit. Wising you a very merry Christmas as we celebrate the reason for the season.

Debradoo,

Yes, there's NO-THING we can do without Him. He is absolutely worthy of our praise and worship. Have a wonderful Christmas as we remember Him.

TJ,

Thanks for stopping by. May you and yours have a blessed season of remembering the birth of our Lord and His ultimate purpose for coming.


tinamarie9884 5 years ago

Lifegate, I am glad that I stopped by. You have put it out there, excellent hub!!!


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila

Excellent hub voted useful. Even here in the Philippines christians do need revival in their spiritual lives particularly worship. The world today offers so many forms of entertainment that takes away the attention and time of those even in the churches. There are so now many trends away from the Lord. But as christian we have to fight for a quality time with the Lord each day of our lives. Thank you for sharing this timely reminder. Blessings to you and your family. Best regards.


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A M Werner 5 years ago from West Allis

So so true - everyone must learn to give account for themselves and the reason of the hope they have. We live in a land and time that like those of Yahshua's time, often give plenty of their abundance but nothing of sacrifice. It is a challenge to take that step on faith and throw your all and all on the Savior - but then again - that is what a Savior is for. He saves those in need of saving, not those who are in the water but still have a hand on the boat. Peace


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago

Lifegate. Very Good! It's personal! Each of us most continue to develop an ongoing spiritual relationship with the Lord!

"The wise men rejoiced with exceeding great joy in verse 10. Rejoicing ought to be a natural part of the Christian's life. It is actually part of being Spirit-filled according to Ephesians 5:18-20. Sad to say, but most Christians complain rather than rejoice. Give God praise and thanks in everything. You will be a better person for it, and He will be glorified." Amen!& AMEN!!

Thank you for sharing, In HIS Grace, Love, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

Lifegate, this feels like one of the sermons my Pastor, (who passed away a couple of years ago) used to give. One where you feel very convicted. I know for myself, I have NOT given nearly enough back to the Lord that He deserves.....it is so easy to become satisfied with what this earth offers, and lose sight of what truly is important.

Thanks for the smack in the face, that I so often need.

Great HUB!


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JeanieR 5 years ago from Sequoia National Forest, CA

"Christ is worth your all." I love it! Until a person is totally given over, rejoicing does not come so naturally. Once the leap is made, rejoicing cannot be held back. You can often tell one type of Christian from the other just by which way the lines in their faces are running.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Jeanie,

That says a lot. Thanks for adding your very wise thoughts.

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