In the birth story of Jesus, we are shown some amazing things. Angels speaking, Virgin birth, uninvited guests showing up to see the new born King. The shepherds and wise men make their way to Jesus. What they offer and give is very telling. If you were going to see the King, what gift would you bring?
Matthew 2:10-11 – When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. (11) On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
What do I do?
What do I do? Have you ever asked that of your parents, your partner or good friend? Have you come to a point in life where there were several good choices, or maybe you’ve been in a place where there are no good choices, so you had to ask, “What do I do?” We all need advice. We all want to make sure we are making a good choice. If Jesus was standing right next to you, would you seek his advice? Would you ask him, “What do I do?”
John 6:28-29 –
They replied, “What should we do?” Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the One He has sent.”
They say that those who win the lottery feel extreme loneliness. Why? Because they don’t have any real way to gauge their relationships. All the people in their life now see them as someone to kiss-up to, or a place to get stuff or money.
Jesus, the Son of God, instigator of wonderful miracles, faced similar settings. This week, we will look at two questions that show the constant demands placed on Jesus and His wisdom and power to overcome.
What would you ask of Jesus? Would it be a “gimme” question?
James 4:3 –
And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.
If you could ask God any question what would it be? Would it be funny like, ‘Did Adam have a belly button?” or would you get right to it with a more serious question like, “Do you even care if I live?” God, in is infinite wisdom, allows the characters of the Bible to poise some serious questions to Jesus. They speak for us. And Jesus’ response will amaze you.
They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but is that true? You may not be in school, but you can still keep learning can’t you? Is the value of education only beneficial for the young? I love the stories of an elderly grandparent going back to school or accomplish something they’ve had on their minds for decades. Aren’t we designed to be naturally inquisitive?
Solomon wrote in Proverbs 3:13-14, “Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.”
Is your life an example of continual learning?
Though priority is not a word found in the New Testament, Jesus demonstrates that he had a priority scale in his life. From an early age he showed that being about his Father’s business outweighed the priorities of family and culture.
In the life of Jesus, time and time again, he demonstrates that loving people is a high priority in his life. But Jesus doesn’t just love people in a way that will ‘make them feel good’. Jesus demonstrates that his priority is to “make them good.” Jesus’ authority and power to heal, cast out demons, etc., compliment his high objective to spiritually heal people. In doing so, Jesus is able to do things that don’t seem to be initially in the person’s best interest. This week we follow Jesus as he loves people in a way that is best for them.
Mark 1:38 –
Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else–to the nearby villages–so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.”
You are different, but in a good way! There is a reason you are on this earth. You provide the knowledge, experience and passion to help improve your family, our community and our world. You are the best shining example that God desires for this world to be better than it has been. You are gifted with God’s own spirit. You possess the power and strength to withstand and overcome any obstacle. You are a part of a masterpiece being knitted together for a purpose even greater than your own individual purpose. Join us this week as we celebrate the unique gifts God has given us.
1 Cor. 12:11
The Spirit distributes the gifts to each member as he determines.
At the very heart of worship there are five great things that happens. First the connection with the Almighty. The connection with fellow believers. The desire to learn and grow. Sensing opportunities to serve and the desire to share your joy. Focus on just one and the church will stray. Leave out one and the church will be wobbly.
As your tire would wear out when out of balance, so will the members in a church that over identifies one attribute of worship over another. Worship is our fuel. Worship should be the engine of a church. Where worship is weak, the effectiveness of the church will be weak as well.
The elders are calling us as a congregation to cultivate a worship environment that glorifies God while connecting and encouraging the church family. Will you join us?
Luke 10:27 –
Jesus answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Love him with all your strength and with all your mind. And, Love your neighbor as you love yourself.”