What Will You Do With Jesus in This Season?





(Matthew 2:11-12 Pas. Baines, Jr. 12/2017)

Introduction: There are so many people who experience some of everything except Jesus, during the holiday season. As Christians, we should be different. A key idea in today’s discussion is “We should work on finding, worshiping, and obeying the Lord.”

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Key Points:

1. Too many never find the Lord. Notice in Matthew 2:11 that the wise men found Jesus. There are too many people who find the church house, church people, and church activity but never find Jesus.

Some know that something is missing, and they report feeling empty or have irregular attendance or hop from church to church seeking some kind of mystic encounter. Some say they have found Him, but their lives tell a different story (see Mt. 7:20).

Let’s work on making it easy to find Jesus in our churches. He should be easy to find in our worship, study, fellowship, and service efforts.  

2. Make sure you find Him. Notice in Matthew 2:11 that the wise men found Jesus. Make sure you find Him as your savior, lord, living bread and water (see Jn. 6:35; 4:10-14). Find Him as the purpose and power of your life.

“As savior” means that you have asked and are trusting God to save you because Jesus paid it all. “As lord” means that He gives instructions and you obey them. Let’s make sure that we find Jesus as savior and lord of our lives.

3. Worship. Notice in Matthew 2:11 that the wise men worshipped the Lord. Some people come to church seeking entertainment. They need to be hyped up and coached on what to do. Some come out of religious duty. They like routine and essentially want attendance credit. They don’t participate much and have very irregular reports of having a divine encounter.

But believers ought to regularly enter the place of worship with thanksgiving and praise (see Ps. 100:1, 4). Worship is the time to express our allegiance to God, in ways that edify other believers (see I Cor. 14:26).

True heart felt worship and expressions of love include giving (see Mt. 6:21; Jn. 3:16). We are simply playing church, until we worshipfully give from our hearts. Let’s work on worshipping the Lord, no matter what we see and how we feel.

4. Love God. Notice in Matthew 2:11 that the wise men obeyed the Lord. Mark 12:29-31 teaches that the chief commandments are to love God with all that we have and to love others, as we love ourselves.

John 14:15 teaches that loving God means obeying God. We are called to love God enough to study and obey His word, worship Him with enthusiasm, serve Him with our gifts, give as He has given to us, follow leadership, and love people. Let’s work on obeying God’s command to love Him.  

5. Love others, as you love yourself.  Mark 12:29-31 teaches that the chief commandments are to love God with all that we have and to love others, as we love ourselves. Self-love includes wise stewards of our mindset, health, and wealth.

Loving others includes responding to the needs of others. Let’s work on loving others, as we love ourselves. 

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