How Long?

How Long?

Matthew 2:2 (NKJV) saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”

There’s over twenty days until Christmas and the shopping frenzy has begun. The traffic here in Las Vegas has increased since before Thanksgiving. I’m sure that wherever you are the story is the same.

What a shame and a sham that, for many, the Christmas season has been reduced to another opportunity for vendors to market their goods. We who believe in God and the gift of His Son should never get caught up in the vortex of such vain Happy Holiday pursuit. After all, it is Christmas.

Oh, I love to give, and receive gifts. Who doesn’t? But moderation is in order for most. We definitely need to keep our purchases within our budget and refuse to buy anything on credit.

To go into debt, to purchase on credit, is to become a slave to impulse. Sadly, too many of us have succumbed to the idea that we can’t do without or wait for anything. We just don’t seem to be able to endure doing without for long.

The Wise Men of the East saw a star that heralded the coming of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. They bid their loved ones goodbye, gathered what treasure they had, packed for a long journey, and headed out to see the Miracle that was to be born.

They left the comfort of home to follow a star, suffer the elements, brave highway robbers, and press toward the possibility of arriving in time to see Him who was to come. It took them approximately two years to arrive at their destination. They had left all in order to apprehend Christ.

The Child had been born and His natural parents had taken Him home before they arrived. But, the star led them surely and they finally were rewarded with the ability to give to Him who would give His all for them.

Matthew 2:11 (NKJV) And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

How long will you persevere to see Him? What will you endure to be with Him? Will this Christmas Season be a time of seeking or self-serving? Yes, even giving to make yourself feel good is self-centered and self-serving.

What will you store up to give to Him? How long will you wait to separate yourself from the world and spend time with Him? How long will you tarry in His Presence this Christmas Season?  How long?


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