Summary: Four ways of what we need to do to worship rightly
GETting READY FOR HEAVEN! Matthew 2:1-12
How are you doing in getting ready for Christmas? Is your card list longer this year? Do you think there are more presents to buy? Do you have all the decorations up? We get ready for Christmas in different ways. Do you find big crowds where you want to shop? Do you battle eating because of the Christmas parties and dinners? We may begin to wonder if we’re doing all that we should to get ready for Christmas. A little girl was feeling the pressure of Christmas preparation in her home. She became a bit grouchy one evening, and so her parents sent her to bed early. When she said her prayers that night she said, “And Lord forgive us our Christmases as we forgive those who Christmas against us.”
One said “When Christmas is over; it’s all over except for the returns and exchanges. In our business, on the day after Christmas we remove every hint of Christmas from the store.” Is that our attitude that is just a ridiculous spirit of money-making? When it’s over, it’s over. The word “worship” occurs three times. “We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.” “As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” “And they worshipped him.”
Herod was determined to do away with Jesus. The wise men were intent on worshiping Him. They worshiped the Lord with their circumstance, their consideration, their confidence and their Cash. They opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.” These men were worshiping the Lord. What does means to worship Christ to us today? It has been said that Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people. As we worship and serve the living Christ in this life, we are being prepared for Heaven and a place is being prepared for us.
1. WORSHIP THE LORD WITH YOUR circumstances.
We worship in our time in prayer and reflection of the word of God. It continues as we take time to give thanks to the revelation that God has given. That’s precisely what these men did. This was no pleasure trip for these men. They put considerable effort and time into their quest to find and worship the newborn King. It meant leaving their homes and families, taking a leave of absence of possibly nine months from their jobs. They did have a travel guide. They saw a star! God used the Star to make his Son Known and Worshiped. This is His Great Goal in all Things, that His Son be known and Worshiped. How did this "star" get the wise men from the east to Jerusalem? It does not say that it led them or went before them. It only says they saw a star in the east and came to Jerusalem. How did that star go before them in the little five-mile walk from Jerusalem to Bethlehem as it did? How did a star stand "over the place where the Child was"? Concerning this matter it is the star that it is doing something that it cannot do on its own: it is guiding to the Son of God to worship him. There is only one Person in Biblical thinking that can be behind that intentionality in the stars, God himself. This is God’s design. He did it then. He is still doing it now. His aim is that all the nations worship his Son. At the beginning of Matthew we still have a "come-see" pattern. But at the end the pattern is "go-tell". The magi came and saw. We are to go and tell. If we really want to worship the Lord, we need to take the wise men as role models. When once we get that revelation from God, we have a choice. We can foolishly reject it or we can respond wisely, investing time and effort to respond to a revelation from God. It may mean revising your schedule, marking out specific time that you’re going to invest in worshiping and serving the Lord in response to the revelation you have received from His word. God is ready to meet you whatever your circumstances.