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.