7Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.
8And 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.
Getting to Jesus
I have the great fortune of sharing the word of God yesterday at Fellowship. Much of that message came from this same chapter. Further down after the three wise men are introduced, we see the devious side of Herod. As these strangers searched for a king from a king, Herod said, 'when you find this Child, let me know so I can worship Him.'
Its a practice many of us still do today...we try to get to Jesus through someone else's experience...'My grandmother prays for me'...'my Pastor has a relationship with God, so I'll go to him instead of seeking for myself'....'I'll get sister so-and-so to pray for Dad.'
Its absolutely true that other people can lead us to the Savior, but we have to meet Him and have a relationship with Him all by ourselves. It wouldn't be very smart to try to have a marriage to one person by always going through another person, but we do it to God all the time.
Dear ones, as you prepare to welcome in 2012, resolve to have a personal relationship with Christ. Instead of focusing on changing your weight, or breaking an old habit, put some weight into your discipleship. Get in the habit of following the Holy Spirit.
I invite you to start this Saturday at Fellowship. We will welcome in the new year with a special service, starting at 9:30 PM. Any and all are welcome. If you do not know Christ as your Savior, or understand how to be a disciple, please come.
Start 2012 with new eyes, a fresh walk and with a heart after God. Get to know Jesus for yourself.
5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
12Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
13For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
I hope to see you there.
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Because You Are a Chosen Generation
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Alton Watkins, Pastor