A Heart of Worship
Then Herod secretly summoned the wise men and asked them the exact time the star appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. When you find Him, report back to me so that I too can go and worship Him.” After hearing the king, they went on their way. And there it was – the star they had seen in the east! It led them until it came and stopped above the place where the child was.
The wise men’s journey proves that God’s guidance will always lead you to Jesus! If you are truly searching for Him, you will most certainly find Him! These Gentile kings did not understand the law or the details of Jewish tradition, but they knew something spectacular was happening, and the heavens were declaring it. They knew enough to search to find what it was. Herod, on the other hand, was the man in charge of Israel, and he knew nothing at all.
If Herod really wanted to worship this new king, he would have followed the wise men, himself, and found the baby. He wanted the wise men to do his “dirty work” for him so he could destroy the threat it posed to his own throne by killing the baby. An evil heart never seeks to worship; evil only serves to steal, to kill, and to destroy for its own selfish gain.
A heart of worship will forsake everything to pay honor to Jesus. A heart of worship will present its gifts to Jesus. A heart of worship will seek until it finds the Christ. An evil heart, however, will seek only its own self-interest, which will directly oppose that which is good.
What is your heart in the matter today? Do you have a heart of worship that truly seeks Jesus, or are you more concerned about protecting your own territory and following your own agenda? Are you committed to giving Christ your all, or are you committed to carrying out your personal schemes? A heart of worship always finds Jesus. An evil heart is self-destructive. Pray for a heart to seek Jesus as these wise men did, and commit to worship Him. God will lead you straight to Him, where you can be completely fulfilled by giving your all.
Have a blessed day!