Tuesday, December 03, 2013

The Star on Your Christmas Tree is a Wonderful Reminder...

Follow the star…the wise men followed the star to their destination and they found the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  Follow the pillar of cloud by day and fire by night…the wise yet easily distracted Israelites followed and they found that God was worthy to follow. Follow Me…Jesus told them and they dropped it all and followed Him and they were not disappointed.

I’m being followed on twitter. It’s a social site where people can say whatever’s on their mind or can share their knowledge or talk with friends, but it’s kept in short sentences. You can post links to other sites you have.  I’m not what you’d call “good at it” but I do see this as a great way to get the devotionals out to another sector of the world.

Anyway some of the people who are following me have impressive definitions of what they do or who they are. Those definitions show up right by their names.  Some also make incredible promises. They will say they know how to get you published, they know all the right people, they are infamous or they are outstanding in their field of expertise.  Others, like me, share hope and light to those who walk in darkness.

I was reading some of the “tweets” (the little bits of info they publish) and realized that I have none of the qualifications that so many of the authors, publishers and promoters have. They are quick and eager to tell you they merit being followed. They make huge promises. They are in the know. They are worth it. And they really do incredible things. But are they really worth following? And how far should we follow them?

I know the One who is worth following. I know Who has all the answers. Not only is He worth following, there’s no one else to follow who will bring lasting change, eternal perspective and everlasting life. The world will make you some huge promises but they cannot deliver it all to you. The loved one, the child, the pastor, the spouse, the coworker, the friend – they all promise they have something for you. But when it comes right down to it, only One is worth following all the way. Only One delivers on all His promises.

Oh beloved, as you place your star upon your tree this season, rehearse the truth about the worthiness of Christ. Rehearse too that He is the light you can follow so that any darkness you may be experiencing will be dispelled.   He’ll never mislead you, He’ll never misguide you or give you poor advise. Just as that star in the sky on that beautiful night led the wise men to their needed destination, the Lord Himself will guide you to your glorious, God designed, bright with promise destination. It may be hard right now, you may be experiencing darkness in areas of your life.  It may be very hard as you are experiencing loss, remorse, rejection, humiliation, abandonment or fear. Those things have no light in them, it’s true, but Jesus promises to rid your life of the pain of walking in the dark – He is with you always. The stars in the sky and the star on your tree are reminders that you are loved and you are cared for. He’s worth following beloved, with your whole heart, for your whole life. And following Him will lead you right where you need to be all the days of your life.

Matthew 2:9-10 After hearing the king, they went their way; and the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.

Nehemiah 9:12 And with a pillar of cloud You led them by day, And with a pillar of fire by night To light for them the way In which they were to go.

Isaiah 9:2 The people who walk in darkness Will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, The light will shine on them.

John 8:12 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”

Luke 5:11 When they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him.

Psalm 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

1 Corinthians 1:30 But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, Who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption.

Revelation 4:11 “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”

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