(Matthew 2) The Magi who came to see Jesus shortly after His birth could be an example to us in several ways as we begin a New Year.

* They traveled a great distance together & faced many dangers & perils together.  I’m sure they had each other’s backs and spent a great deal of time talking about life.  In other words; they did life together and can easily be seen as fore-runners of Life Groups.  Takeaway: Begin this new year in the company of a Life Group.

* They pursued Jesus even though they knew little about Him.  They knew He was a special King, but wanted to know more so they spent time, talent and treasure to find Him and get into His presence.  Takeaway: Do whatever it takes to pursue Jesus and get into His presence.

* They gave worth to Him – they attributed value to Him – in worship.  They bowed humbly before Him as symbol of their submission to Him as Lord & King.  Takeaway: Real Worship isn’t just singing songs or coming to church, even though that is a part of worship.  Real Worship has to do with the surrender of our life to Christ as Lord & King on a daily basis, so that what we do (or sing) on Sunday is a reflection of the way we live each day of the week.

* They gave their very best gifts to Him; they were generous.  This was a tangible way to demonstrate His value and worth as their King.  They gave the best of what they had to Him, not their leftovers.  Takeaway: Give generously to the Cause/Purpose of Christ through your Church this year.  Honor Him as Lord & King with the first fruits of what you make.

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have five grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Legacy Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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