30 Days With Jesus – Day 2

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How long did it take the wise men to find Jesus? It could have been as long as two years, probably not longer. Maybe as short as a few months. We don’t really know for sure. But we know it was a long trip. They were willing to risk their lives travelling through hostile territories and dangerous terrain.

The question for us today is, would we be willing to do the same? If we knew the stakes would be high for us to find Jesus, would we still go? Luckily for us, the cost is pretty insignificant. At least in terms of what it would cost us to go on a pursuit to find Jesus for the first time.

However, the cost is not insignificant once we have found him. Once we are His and He is ours, the cost is nothing short of total surrender. If Christ calls us to go, we must – wherever the star may lead. We are no longer the ruling force in our own lives, but we must now surrender everything. Now, if Christ tells us to go into hostile territory and over dangerous terrain, we must go. No matter the cost, not matter the length of time, no matter the danger – we must go.30-Days-With-Jesus

Matthew 2:1-12

2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, in the time of King Herod, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem saying, “Where is the one who is born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When King Herod heard this he was alarmed, and all Jerusalem with him. After assembling all the chief priests and experts in the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. “In Bethlehem of Judea,” they said, “for it is written this way by the prophet:

And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are in no way least among the rulers of Judah,
for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

Then Herod privately summoned the wise men and determined from them when the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and look carefully for the child. When you find him, inform me so that I can go and worship him as well.” After listening to the king they left, and once again the star they saw when it rose led them until it stopped above the place where the child was.10 When they saw the star they shouted joyfully. 11 As they came into the house and saw the child with Mary his mother, they bowed down and worshiped him. They opened their treasure boxes and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12 After being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they went back by another route to their own country.

Prayer Focus

Today, let’s spend sometime asking God to reveal areas in our own lives where we still need to fully surrender to His will and His ways. Ask God to show you areas that you are still holding onto for your own good. Ask yourself if you’d be willing to follow Christ where he wants you to go?

Can you pray this today:

It may not be on the mountain’s height, or over the stormy sea;
It may not be at the battle’s front my Lord will have need of me;
But if by a still, small voice He calls to paths I do not know,
I’ll answer, dear Lord, with my hand in Yours,
I’ll go where You want me to go.

I’ll go where You want me to go, dear Lord,
O’er mountain, or plain, or sea;
I’ll say what You want me to say, dear Lord,
I’ll be what You want me to be.

Perhaps today there are loving words which Jesus would have me speak;
There may be now, in the paths of sin, some wand’rer whom I should seek.
O Savior, if You will be my Guide, though dark and rugged the way,
My voice shall echo the message sweet,
I’ll say what You want me to say.

I’ll go where You want me to go, dear Lord,
O’er mountain, or plain, or sea;
I’ll say what You want me to say, dear Lord,
I’ll be what You want me to be.

There’s surely somewhere a lowly place in earth’s harvest fields so wide,
Where I may labor through life’s short day for Jesus, the Crucified.
So, trusting my all unto Your care, I know You always love me!
I’ll do Your will with a heart sincere,
I’ll be what You want me to be.

I’ll go where You want me to go, dear Lord,
O’er mountain, or plain, or sea;
I’ll say what You want me to say, dear Lord,
I’ll be what You want me to be.

Author: David Lindner

I am blessed to be able to serve SixEight as the Lead Pastor. I am humbled to have been brought into this role and am very excited about what God wants to do in me and us through this. I grew up in the church and have been a worship pastor for the last decade. I am married to a wonderful woman and have four amazing children.

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