SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS JANUARY 1 2023.
✝TOPIC: REORDER YOUR PRIORITIES
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✝📖TEXT: Matthew 2:1-12
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.
5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,
6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.
8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.
9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.
12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
✝🗒STUDY: Opportunities come in life and the way we respond to them affect our lives. Jesus was born when Herod was the King of Judea (v.1) and this was a great privilege that would have brought great blessings to Herod and his family. Regrettably, Herod abused the privilege probably because of his quest for power. The wise men were wise indeed; they acted wisely by identifying with the reality of their time. They saw Jesus’ star and went to worship Him as King of the Jews (v.2). The genuine intention of these wise men in observing protocol by visiting Herod as the king exposed the child to risk but God intervened and thwarted the evil plans of Herod to harm the child.
Today, some of us have become slaves to our lifestyles, associations and earthly desires to the extent that we can sacrifice our Christian faith to sustain them. Those things that take away your commitment towards God have become your Herod’s kingdom. In this New Year, re-order your steps and do not struggle with God anymore. Let his interest reign supreme in your life. Allow Jesus to be the Lord of your life, He will keep you, bless you and watch over you.
✝🙏PRAYER: Take time today to re-dedicate yourself and your family to God.
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