Thursday, January 01, 2015

Courage to Seek Out Christ

I was reading the account of the visit of the Magi in Matthew 2 for my morning devotions. It was interesting to note that when Herod called together the chief priests and teachers to learn of the prophesy for a new king, these priests and teachers correctly identified Micah 5:2 as the source of the prophesy.

But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel. (NIV)

When the time came to seek out this new king, the magi were left to do this alone. The priests and teachers stayed behind. Of all the people who might be curious about the new king, one would think those who understood the prophesy would be at the top of the list. Perhaps they were skeptical of what they found in Scripture. After all, God had been silent over 400 years. Perhaps they were too fearful of Herod. For whatever reason, they did not have the courage to seek out Christ.

What about you and me? Do we have the courage to seek out Christ in all things in this new year -- to regularly study His Word, worship Him, and go to Him in prayer? Will we actively and intentionally proclaim this Jesus as the Lord of all to our communities and a world that needs His forgiveness and salvation so desperately.

Let us commit ourselves once more to regularly and actively seeking out Christ in 2015 and beyond. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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