From the Well - 1/4/2017

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Matthew 2:1-12 (NRSV) 
1 In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 asking, "Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage." 3 When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; 4 and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 They told him, "In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet: 6 'And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.'" 7 Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. 8 Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, "Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage." 9 When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. 11 On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road. 

So what does it take to be a seeker? The most important thing, as I see it, is a willingness to go on the journey. Our Savior is ready and waiting to lead us forward towards discipleship, service, and adventure. He is the savior who will not let us be comfortable less we forget that He came to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.

Here's the point: wise men and women still follow a star and seek a Savior. There is hunger in our world, not the kind that makes the stomach growl but the kind that makes the heart ache. The ache is never satisfied until a connection with God is discovered. Ann Sullivan approached her deaf and blind student, Helen Keller, saying, "Today I'm going to teach you about God." Helen Keller signed to her, "Good, I've been thinking about Him for a long time." Ex-Beetle, George Harrison, in an interview shortly before his death said, "Everything else in life can wait but my search for God cannot wait, it has to happen now."

There are those who consider themselves unchurched and others who call themselves dechurched. Yet, most continue to search for something are willing to try almost anything from astrology, sex, steroids, and drugs. Most people are looking for meaning in their lives but look in all the wrong places.

Like the wise men of old it's time for God's people to go on a journey to find the Christ child, the child whose love is already in our hearts. It's time to help others discover what God has already given them in Jesus Christ. Will we sit or seek? Think about it.

Matthew