Worship Goes Out of Its Way

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod,
Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, 
“Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? 
We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”
Matthew 2:1-2
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Read Matthew 2:1-12

The Magi… aka Wise Men… went out of their way to worship…

They intentionally chose to pack up and embark on a journey to follow the star that announced the arrival of the newborn King of the Jews… and they weren’t even Jewish… they recognized God’s sign and pursued with a passion…

They arrived fully prepared to worship… bearing extravagant gifts of gold… frankincensemyrrh… to lay before the King…

They were more than willing to go out of their way on the return trip… after a warning… they chose to honor the One they worshiped… taking the long way home…

Leaving home… preparation of offerings… obeying… these wise men went out of their way to worship…

A heart of worship gladly goes… offers… and obeys… even when it is not convenient…

Are you willing to go out of your way to follow…? to help others when God asks…? to prepare your offering…?
For whom… or what… do you go out of your way…?

“For whoever wants to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for me will find it.” –Jesus
Matthew 16:25
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Lord Jesus… I choose to go out of my way for You… to lose myself… for You…
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