3 Things We Can Learn From the Wise Men
“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.’ ... Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men.” -Matthew 2:1-2, 16
We are just finishing with the Christmas season, and you no doubt heard the story of the wise men visiting Jesus at least once. We don’t often think too hard about this story, though, which causes us to miss some things.
First of all, these men weren’t white men. In fact, they weren’t even Middle-Eastern. These guys came from the Orient, so we’re talking like China or Mongolia or something. That puts into perspective just how long these guys traveled just to see where a star was leading them! In fact, if you look at Matthew 2:16, you can see that Jesus was probably two years old when the wise men arrived.
Another interesting thing was the fact that they followed the star at all. These men were astronomers, constantly studying the night sky. Had they not been consistently looking up, they might have missed this sign that was calling them to Jesus.
Lastly, keep in mind that for the two years that these men traveled, they had no idea what they would find. They traveled blindly in faith that the star was pointing to something important.
Do you struggle with finding out what God’s calling you to? Let’s take some advice from the wise men!
1. These men were constantly looking up. Are you consistently looking toward heaven? Are you studying the Word of God and seeking after him? Do you spend more time thinking about eternity than about this current life? This is the first step in knowing your calling. You cannot possibly hope to hear God’s plan for your life if he you are not seeking after him.
2. These guys traveled for two years without even knowing what they would find at the end or how long it would take. When God calls you to something, it will be by his timing, not yours. It might take a week, or it might take twenty years. It is not our job to rush into our calling; it is our job to follow the direction God called us to. You see, God showed the wise men what direction they would go, not what they had to do. They followed the star in faith and were rewarded with Jesus.
3. They recognized Jesus and were rewarded with his presence when they had completed the journey God sent them on. Regardless of your calling, be encouraged by the fact that you have Jesus. He is the ultimate prize, and every pursuit of faith will lead you to him. No matter who you are, no matter what you’ve done, no matter what you’re called to, and no matter how long it takes you to get there, you can have Jesus.