Let us remember, as we celebrate Christmas this year, that it’s all about Jesus. He’s the reason for this season’s existence. Wise Men who came to seek Jesus are mentioned in the Bible. Let’s take a look at what these wise men can teach us.

They were wise because…

  1. They sought after Jesus to Worship Him.

Matthew 2v1-2 NKJV

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 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.”

They realized there was only one Star, the Bright and Morning Star. His name was Jesus. There is no one who can compare to Jesus, and He should always take center stage in our lives. Only He is deserving of our worship.

Allow me to pose a question to you. What exactly are you looking for? What are you worshiping and who are you worshiping? Is there anything that attracts you more than Jesus? Is there anything that excites you more than Jesus?

Are you enamoured with your job? 

Is it true that you worship yourself? (It’s all about your image and your reputation.) 

Are you looking for happiness through drugs or alcohol? Are you looking for love in a variety of ways? Are you after fame, power, position, or material possessions?

It’s fine to have the best material things, but we don’t go out of our way to get them. We seek and worship Jesus, and He blesses us with these things.

This Christmas and in the new year, I encourage you to seek Jesus. Make it your aim to worship only Him. Even today, wise men, wise women, and wise children still seek and worship Jesus.

They were wise because…

  1. They were not distracted from their mission.

King Herod had summoned the wise men. Despite the fact that they had been invited by King Herod, they did not let this deter them from their mission. Herod was a great king, and many people would have welcomed an invitation from him. The wise men, on the other hand, remained focused on their mission. They came to Jesus in order to worship Him.

Matthew 2:7-8 NKJV

Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.” 

Don’t let yourself be sidetracked from God’s plan for your life. Maintain your focus and concentrate on your goal.

Galatians 5:7 NKJV

You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?

Notice, not “what” hindered you but “who” hindered you. You were running well but somebody poisoned your mind against obeying the truth of God’s Word. They distracted you.

Allow no one or anything else to take your focus away from God’s plans and purposes for your life. Maintain your attention on God’s Word and God’s mission. Your blessing is in the place where God has sent and planted you.

They were wise because…

  1. They did not listen to ungodly advice.

Herod represents a type of the enemy who desired the wise men to return to him. He wanted them to inform him of Jesus’ whereabouts so that he might kill Him. They, on the other hand, were wise and ignored his advice. They followed and heeded God’s advice.

Matthew 2:12 NKJV

Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way. 

Make sure you’re not merely listening to and following anyone’s advice. Our good Shepherd Jesus’ voice must be obeyed. You must be able to make decisions without being swayed by other people’s negative opinions. Godly advice should be heeded and followed instead.

This Christmas and this coming new year; mix and associate with people of like precious faith, people who lift you up. People who encourage you towards your destiny.

They were wise because…

4. They were Givers. 

They presented their gifts to Jesus.

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. 

Take note of how they adored Him. They honored Him by presenting Him with gifts. Giving was viewed as an act of worship by them. They opened their treasures.

Your heart will be where your treasures are. Today, open your heart and offer your best gifts to Jesus. It wasn’t shabby giving. They gave God their best. The best gifts in their day were gold, frankincense and myrrh.

See your giving as act of Worship. What was the result? They were divinely warned by God not to go back to Herod. Their giving brought about divine deliverance for them. Allowing fear to hold you back from planting your best seed is a mistake. Wise people present and give their best to Jesus. They live blessing minded.

So, if you want to be wise and receive the rewards of a wise man, apply these truths we discussed today.

  1. Seek Jesus alone and worship Him.
  2. Don’t get sidetracked from your purpose.
  3. Pay attention to godly advice and act on it.
  4. Give Jesus your best gifts.

Wise men still seek Jesus today!

Lester Holland