Featured in the December, 2015 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News
We live in a day of the muddle headed. We have an over supply of confused conformists who are clamoring for others to do their thinking.
We have substituted education for wisdom and believe that a diploma is the guarantee of common sense We will probably go down in history as the anti-wisdom generation
The Christmas story tells us about the Wise Men. Is this why we have developed a sham Christmas; because we have no wise men?
For too many, Santa has taken the place of the Savior. The store is more satisfying than the sanctuary. Getting is more important than giving. We end up with full stomachs but empty hearts, and where are the wise men who know the difference?
The Wise Men demonstrated their wisdom by seeking Christ. One question was on their lips, “Where is He that is born king of the Jews?” (Matthew 2:2).
If they were interested in getting more money, holding a family reunion, or planning a big party, we are not told about it. All the record reveals is that they were bent on one thing and that was finding the Lord Jesus Christ.
In order to do this, they had inconvenienced themselves, laid aside all other activities, undertaken a tremendously long trip. The foolish will be known for their eating, their drinking, their parties, their selfishness and their revelings, but the wise will become famous for seeking Christ.
These men also displayed their wisdom by wanting to worship the Lord Jesus. It was no mere curiosity that drove them to find Him. They boldly stated, we are “come to worship Him” (Matthew 2:2). When they finally came to Bethlehem and found the Christ Child, the record states that they “fell down and worshipped Him” (Matthew 2:11).
Wise men worship. It is a minority of Americans that regularly attend any religious services. Of these, it is only a small minority who truly worship. Some attend services to see their friends. Others come merely because of custom. There are those who enjoy the music or are awed by the ritual. Some are so foolish as to think they do God a favor by coming to religious services. Prayers are said, but not prayed. Hymns are sung, but only by the lips, not by the heart. There is very little real repentance, real faith, real adoration, very little worship.
Then and now, wise men worship Christ. True Christianity is always Christ-centered. Multitudes of people betray the non-Christian character of their religion by not having Christ at the very center of their worship. Wise men will always worship Christ.
The men spoken of in the early Christmas story were also wise because they brought their gifts to Christ. Everyone knows that gifts have something to do with Christmas. Beyond this, there is absolute confusion.
The Wise Men did not give gifts to one another. The Wise Men gave gifts to Christ. The Scripture says, “And when they had opened their treasures they presented unto Him gifts; gold and frankincense and myrrh” (Matthew 2:11).
Giving gifts to Christ was part of their worship. These gifts were sacrificial. They were given out of their “treasures”. Gifts of stray dollar bills are not gifts that flow from true Christian worship.
Financial problems are often symptoms of spiritual problems. Where Christ is truly worshipped, people will give to Him and give generously. Foolish giving is superficial. Wise giving is sacrificial.
The Wise Men followed the star. The star was God’s means of leading them to His Son. Our star is the Scriptures. It is a wise man who studies the Scriptures.
The fool knows everything. He does not have to bother with the Bible. He has all the answers. He thinks he knows what he ought to believe and how he ought to live. According to him, he has nothing to learn. He already has his religion. He does not want to be disturbed by the Bible. Wise men study the Scriptures.
Wise men still seek Christ. Wise men still worship Christ. Wise men still bring their gifts to the Lord Jesus Christ. Wise men still follow the star.
How wise are you?