Wise Men Still Seek Him: A Charge to the Church with a Christmas Message

(Note: If this is the first post you’ve read of 7 characteristics of a Perfect Church, you can find the whole series under the Food for Thought Category in this blog, devosanddumplings.wordpress.com)

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When I think of God’s charge to the church, my mind returns to New York City and the aftermath of 9/11. That morning, our Christian Embassy staff had hosted an International Prayer Breakfast for approximately 200 diplomats from the United Nations.

A few hours later, an eery silence invaded the city as we stood on the street below our office handing out cups of water to hundreds of dust-covered, weary people. They looked like embattled refugees walking toward home in a war-torn city.

Many stopped to drink and most quietly thanked us. On an easel, we placed a pad that offered a place to sign their names if they would like us to pray for them. In a matter of hours, a number of sheets were filled with names.

We also put up a sign with the words Jesus spoke to the woman at the well. “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14)

What is God’s charge to the church? I believe it’s for us to go into the world to meet the needs of the weary and to give living water to the ones who will drink it. Some won’t drink, but some will. Why? Because they are thirsty!

Wise Men Still Seek Him

Strangely enough, this brings us to a Christmas message about the wise men who sought Jesus to worship Him.

What makes wise men wise? Webster defines wisdom as “insightful understanding of what is true, right, or enduring.”

There’s a huge difference between the wisdom of the world and God’s wisdom. According to James, the brother of Jesus, worldly wisdom is not from God and covers up the truth. But Godly wisdom “is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” James 3:13-18

James also reminds us if we lack wisdom, to ask God for it. And if we ask in faith, He will give it to us. That’s a promise! (James 1:5-6)

In other words, to gain God’s wisdom, one must have an insatiable thirst for something beyond one’s own limited insight.

That is, there must be a desire to understand and live out the difference between what’s true or false and right or wrong. And especially to understand how to endure suffering even to the end.

This, by the way, is what Christmas is all about. Why did wise men from afar seek Jesus? Perhaps, because of two things:

  1. God’s Word concerning the coming of the Messiah. (Micah 5:2-5; Numbers 24:17; Isaiah 60:2-6)

  2. Their insatiable thirst to worship and follow the God of wisdom and truth. (Matthew2:1-12)                                                                                                                                                      

    Yes, wise men do still seek God. Perhaps they seek Him because “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. . . .” And perhaps they seek him because they believe “. . . all who follow his precepts have good understanding. . . .” And perhaps they seek Him to worship Him because as the passage says, “. . . To him belongs eternal praise.” (Psalm 111:10)

Perhaps the #1 reason wise men still seek Him is because wise men have an insatiable thirst for the water of life.

Therefore, “The Spirit and the bride (the church) say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say ‘Come!’ Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.” Revelation 22:17

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” (repeated throughout Revelation chapters 2;3 and 22.)

Are you listening

Concluding Note: For those of you who have stayed with me for this whole series, I commend you for your endurance. And I hope somehow God rewards you richly for it. Of course, we all know there is no perfect church but God is perfect and the closer we walk to Him, the more His perfect Spirit has the opportunity to work in and through our lives.

Although I don’t fully understand it, in speaking to the church, Hebrews 10:10-14 tells us “. . . for God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all time. . . .”

For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy.” (New Living Translation)

So fellow believers: If we live by faith, perhaps we’ll be added to the list of the Old Testament faithfuls in Hebrews 11. For “All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised. For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us. (verses 39-40 NLT)” Wow! Enough said, right?

P. S. I pray you and your family will have a wonderful Christ-filled Christmas and a New Year blessed with God’s grace. By faith, I’ll connect with you in January. If you’ll promise to keep blogging with me, I promise to keep writing.

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2 Responses to “Wise Men Still Seek Him: A Charge to the Church with a Christmas Message”
  1. Harriett Salley says:

    YOU HAVE BEEN SO FAITHFUL FOR SO LONG IN SHARING YOUR THOUGHTS THAT GOD WOULD HAVE YOU SHARE WITH US! [WHAT A GIFT! GOD’S RICHEST GIFTS TO EACH OF YOU! HOPING HE HAS AN EXCITING YEAR AHEAD FOR ALL OF US! HARRIETT

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