You Must Have a Deeper Conviction to Worship Christ

God guided the Gentile wise men with his star. This means that God is guiding foreigners to worship Christ. Even now, God is working among the nations and unreached peoples to know Christ.

That is the goal of missions—the worship of Christ. We do missions to those who do not yet worship Christ, because God desires their worship.

Now Matthew begins his gospel with foreigners, and then ends it with Jesus’ great commission to make disciples of all foreigners, all peoples of the earth. The only reason for this is that the Gospel according to Matthew is the gospel for all peoples—calling all peoples to worship Christ.

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” (Matt. 2:9, ESV). While Herod just wanted to stay in Jerusalem and wait for more news, the wise men moved out towards Bethlehem. Their determination did not begin at Jerusalem. It began from their far away land from the east. If they had come from Babylon, that’s about 800 miles (1,288 km) to Jerusalem. With many servants and guards with them, the trip could have averaged 32 km a day, or about 40 days of travel.[1]

That is determination!

It takes only 15-30 minutes travel from our house to Maxwell, but sometimes, we are lazy going to church. But the wise men’s determination was driven by biblical faith, not blind faith. They put their trust in the written prophecy of God’s Word.

And that’s what we should do after Christmas. Be driven by a passion to know God’s Word in the Bible. Desire to know God’s Word and to live by it. Every time you wake up in the morning, greet that day with a desire to live for God.

[1] Wilkins, “Matthew,” ESV, 1822.


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