Matthew 2:1-2 says, “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,” “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.”
I remember when I was seventeen years old, sitting in church service on a Wednesday night at church camp. I was angry at the world and backslidden. I was not into the service and just wanted to go back to my cabin, but Jesus had another plan for me that night. The longer I sat there with my arms crossed, angry and waiting for service to be over with, the more I felt convicted.
Eventually the conviction got so bad that I found myself getting up from my seat and running to the altar, with tears streaming down my face. I was repenting of my sins before I could even hit my knees. I stayed up at the altar for five hours that night, which was much longer than I had planned on staying up there. But again, Jesus had another plan in mind that night.
I ran to the altar, wanting to seek Jesus and His goodness out for my life. I had only planned on getting saved again that night, but instead I walked away from the altar saved, sanctified, and filled with the Holy Ghost. Jesus completely transformed me that night, almost eight years ago. Since then, I have been running towards Jesus more and more each day.
We find in Matthew 2:1-2 that the wise men were seeking Jesus. They saw the signs and wanted nothing more than to see the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. They went out, searching for Him and were determined to reach the stables where Jesus was born. They wanted to worship right in the presence of God.
We learn from the wise men’s actions that we need to be searching for and seeking Jesus. We need to walk towards Him and not look back. When we seek Jesus out, we will be on the right path, determined to reach Him and His righteousness. Our hearts should be so determined to find Jesus within our lives that when we reach Him, we will be so overcome with His spirit that all we can do is worship Him.
We must run to Jesus to receive of His goodness. We must seek Him out amongst our lives to discover His power and His plans for our lives. When we are seeking for Jesus and His ways, we will always be led to the right destination in our lives. When we seek for righteousness, our lives will reflect the Savior that was born in a manager.