The Wisemen. Were there three? When did they come? Where did they come from? What was the significance of their gifts? Why did they search for the child? Some answers are known, some are not. But none are more important than the last. They searched for Him in order to worship Him.
Worship. Isn’t it that thing that happens on Sunday morning? That hour and a half time slot when a bunch of people gather together in one room, sing some songs and listen to some guy ramble on? Worship is so much more than that. As we can see from the wisemen, worship is how we respond to God.
When the wisemen saw the star they rejoiced and their hearts were filled with great joy, knowing God was at work. Yet it wasn’t enough to stand on the sidelines being filled with joy. They yearned to be involved so they diligently searched for Jesus, traveling a great distance to bring Him gifts in worship. Possibly the most important thing they did though, was listen. When they were warned not to go back to Herod, they returned via another route.
Worship is responding to God with our eyes (Matthew 2:1-2). The wisemen saw God do something and they responded accordingly. But what does it mean to Worship with our eyes? The world bombards you with visual stimulation, some good, most bad. Worshipping God with our eyes is more than avoiding things like “R” rated movies. How do you look at someone of the opposite sex? How do you look at your parents? It’s about opening our eyes to what God wants us to see. It’s about seeing needs around us and responding. Do you have your eyes wide open to what really matters?
Worship is responding to God with our feet (2:9). How far are you willing to go to Worship God? Are you following God? Are you searching for what He wants to do with your life? Or are you wandering, searching for fulfillment from the world? Do the parties you attend worship God? Do you go out of your way to help someone in need? Do you show up for work on time? Everywhere you go will either show worship or lead you down the wrong path.
Worship is responding to God with our heart (2:10). You will only worship with your eyes and feet if you heart is in sync with God. Proverbs 4:23 says “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Your spiritual heart has to be healthy to respond to God in worship. Consequently, be careful what you give/trust your heart to. Things like relationships, family, friendships, boyfriend/girlfriend, materialistic goods, etc. You will only ever experience true joy when you give your heart to Christ. The world will fail you, but He will never let you down. This doesn’t mean life will be a bed of roses. 1 Samuel 16:7 “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” When God looks at your heart, does he see a heart of worship?
Worship is responding to God with our hands (2:11). The first thing they did was offer Him their gifts. What gifts do you have that you have not given to Jesus? We all possess gifts: music, sports, friendship, computer skills, generosity, compassion, etc. Everything we have is a gift from God. Will you worship Him by using it for His glory? How does God want to use your hands?
Worship is responding to God with our ears (2:12). We hear God through His written Word, by listening to the Holy Spirit, and by listening to Godly people He placed in our lives. Have you been listening? What is God telling you to do?
The wisemen did what came natural to them. They worshipped with all of their being. Worship isn’t giving God the leftovers. It’s not about putting Him on a checklist. It’s about giving all that you are to Him. How are you responding to God? How far would you be willing to go in order to find Him? Are you ready? Are you willing? Are you searching for Him? He will do amazing things with your life if you allow Him.
(Inspiration for this blog came from series entitled Rhythm from Lifechurch.tv)