Wise Worship

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Matthew 2:9-11

In 2006, I flew thousands of km’s, spent over ten thousand dollars and traveled for four weeks to worship. No, not to worship Jesus. But to worship the God of football. Or actually, if I’m really honest, to worship the God of experience. Or actually, if I’m really really honest. Just to worship me.

As David Foster Wallace said, “there is no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships”.

What do you think about that?

Think about the gym and the whole health/fitness industry. Some, sure, aren’t building their whole life around getting fit, feeling healthy or the latest nutritional trend. But many hard.

What about gaming? Many young people (and older people) spend countless hours, get their greatest pleasure and sense of purpose in defeating someone over the other side of the world in an online world.

We all worship something. For some it’s money. For some it’s success. For others it’s comfort. But here’s the real question. What do you worship?

Where do you look for your identity? For your purpose? What do you think about the most? Who or what do you give your life to?

Matthew shows the Magi as a real-life example of wisdom. Other translations called them the Wise Men. What makes them wise? It’s who they worship. They travel for months, risk their lives (bandits etc.) and sacrifice their riches for the sake of a new-born King.

What makes this wise? Only Jesus is worthy of our worship. And only in worshipping Jesus can we truly find the joy we were made for.

For Today:
  • What other ‘gods’ have you or are you tempted to worship?
  • What does that look like?
  • What does it look like for you to worship Jesus today?

  • Praise the Father that He made us to find joy in worship.
  • Give thanks for Jesus Christ who is worthy of our worship.
  • Ask God for His Holy Spirit to help you and others worship Him only.
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