Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas Devotions Day 3 - The Journey of Life and a Baby

Twelve Days Before Christmas Devotions

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, (3) 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."
(Matthew 2:1-2)

3 days before Christmas let us explore the concept of life as a journey.

We traditionally sing a song about three wise men who came to see Jesus. Although we don't know how many wise men came, we do know that their journey was of considerable distance, risky, and consumed much of their time. They had learned from Jewish writings of a sign that would present itself in the sky, and they began to watch and move. The journey was afoot. Their journey was complete when they reached Jesus.

Lessons of life are not learned in a moment or a short time. We do not become adults only a short time after our physical birth. Nor do we begin a year with kindergarten and end the following year with a college degree. Our professional life requires that we take time to master whatever skill we want to accomplish in doing our work. The Christian life is no different. Our starting point is accepting Christ as Savior. Our goal is to become a mature Christian, and, in the end, enter into heaven.

There is one thing we must keep in mind. None of us would be on a Christian life journey if a baby had not been born. A baby changes everything.

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Many thanks to Randy Tompkins, President of Cornerstone Consultants and member of the 4:12 Network for sharing and permitting me to share these Christmas devotions with you. I hope they will serve as a daily reminder for you of the meaning of Christmas and will encourage you to be a leader who points people toward Christ during these very special days.