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O Come, Let Us Adore Him 21: Follow the Star

O Come, Let Us Adore Him – Advent Day 21 – Follow the Star

After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. (Matthew 2:9-11, ESV)

One thing I always find so fascinating to look at is the night sky. It’s especially beautiful when you’re out in the middle of nowhere and there are no city lights to take away from the natural beauty of the sky. It’s interesting to learn about all the constellations and all that’s out there in space. I wonder what it would’ve looked like the night the wise men saw the star in the sky. I imagine the star would’ve been insanely bright and hard for them to miss, as these men would’ve been well studied on what the sky typically looked like.

I love their eagerness to follow the star. When they saw it “they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.” They knew what this star would lead them to and, most importantly, whom it would lead them to. They wasted no time in following the star, and didn’t lose focus or get sidetracked with anything else, because they knew they would be coming face to face with God manifested in the flesh. It had been prophesied for years that the Messiah was to come, and they would be among the first to see Him here on earth. 

They used the star as their guide to lead them to Christ. In our world today, there are so many things and people that can influence us and invite us to follow them. Maybe we look up to famous people, models or athletes, and we wish we could be like them, or maybe it’s people on social media, and we wish our lives looked a lot more like theirs. Perhaps we follow things like success or money or fame. With so many things or people to follow, I’d like to ask you who or what is guiding your life? I want to remind each of us (myself included) that our guide should be Christ. 

If what we are looking to as our guide doesn’t bring us closer to Christ and help us in honoring Him, then it’s not a good guide. If it takes us away from being a testimony and a light in the world, we should not be following it. Our guide should be the person of Christ. We follow Him by reading His Word, spending time in prayer, being with His people, and serving others with hearts of joy and gratitude, and living our lives for the glory of God. If that’s not something that fills us with joyful purpose, then we need to have a reality check and remind ourselves of all Christ has freely given to each of us. 

These wise men had heard about the Messiah’s coming, and they responded with joy and did everything they could to go and see Him. We have the blessing of having God’s completed Word at our very fingertips. We have recorded for us many miracles Jesus performed; we know He was crucified on a cross for our sins, that He was victorious over death; we know He is in Heaven and one day will return to take His children home to Heaven. Since we know all of that, we have even more reason to seek Him in joy, praise and worship. 

During this Christmas season, I challenge you to consider what these wise men followed—this great star—and think about your own life and what or whom you may be following. Are you following the things of this world, or are you following things that will bring honor to Christ? I pray that we may all be followers of His Word, and that we may live lives that honor Him above all else.

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