Monday, March 11, 2013

Help for Today: Wise Men
Text: Matthew 2:1-12

You can learn a great deal from those men the scriptures identify as wise. What did they do? They searched for Him with a desire to worship Him. They found Him and rejoiced to be in His presence. They humbled themselves and worshipped Him. They sacrificed what they had. They presented their “gifts” to Him. Wise men, don’t you think?

While I know physical circumstances have changed, the reality of identifying marks of a “wise man” remains the same. Check yourself today matched with the “standard” given in scripture. How much effort do you put into the search to find Him? How much time are you willing to put into the process? Is it your desire to worship Him? Where is “worship” on the “totem pole” of your priorities? If you can take it or leave it, it does not have the proper place. If there are things you choose over it, it does not have the proper place. Does the search for Him and reality of finding Him bring you joy, real, abundant joy? Do you know your place in His presence? The wise men of Matthew 2 made quite a statement as they bowed in the presence of this newborn baby. “Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord…” What are you willing to give to Him? What part of “self” are you ready to give for Him? I remember Wendell Winkler observing the only kind of acceptable giving is sacrificial giving. So I ask again, what part of “self” are you ready to give for Him? Your time, money, effort seem like precious commodities. They are. And they are His. Right? Have you found yourself to be a “wise man?” Think about it. Today!

All the best and I hope this gives you “Help for Today”.

~ Clark Sims

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