By Pastor Steve Disher
December 26, 2010
In Matthew 2, we see the magi, the wise men, making their way to Bethlehem, and following the star.
They first make a stopover in Jerusalem to get directions. Undoubtedly expecting Jerusalem to be alive with excitement regarding the birth of a king, they were innocently asking, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” (Matthew 1.2)
Such questions caused no little anxiety for Herod. With the secret intent to destroy the One who might take his throne, Herod sent the magi to Bethlehem, instructing them to, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.” (Matthew 1.8)
Two similar statements, two different intents.
Both the wise men and Herod said they wanted to worship Jesus, but the intent of their hearts, the area of our lives God examines, were totally different.
God moves wonderfully and mysteriously in our lives, examining our hearts along the way, seeking to transform those hearts and to turn those hearts toward Himself. When our human hearts have God as our focus, He is glorified. And God will be glorified. With or without our contribution, He will be exalted, lifted up, glorified.
It’s our choice to be participants in His exaltation or to refuse to exalt Him to our detriment.