Finding Jesus Demands a Decision

Amidst the wrapping paper, cookies, parties and decorations, it is important to spend some time reading about the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

On coming to the house, they [the Wise Men] saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route. - Matthew 2:11-12

After finding Jesus, the Wise Men changed their path home, avoiding Herod, because they were warned in a dream by God to take a different route. Herod had evil intentions and wanted this child, the Messiah, killed. Herod saw the potential threat Jesus would have to his power. But, because the Wise Men trusted God and were obedient, this evil scheme was thwarted.

Like these Wise Men, when we truly find Jesus, we experience a miracle in our lives. It’s life changing. This means that the path our life is headed on must change. It must change to one that is alignment with the perfect will of God. It should be a life that glorifies Him and flees from the sinful nature.

You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. – Colossians 3:7-10 

Ladies, if your life doesn’t look any different than it did before you found Jesus, then I can guarantee you that you are headed down a dangerous path, one that is filled with temptation, selfishness, and sin. The Christian life is not easy. It requires difficult choices each day, choices that set you apart for His holy purposes. Although there are sacrifices, I can guarantee you that staying on the straight and narrow path that Christ requires will be one full of blessings and peace.

We need to recognize that Jesus’ presence in our lives demands a decision – a decision that requires obedience. Stop listening to the lies the world spews, selling you a lifestyle that is contradictory to that of a “Wise Woman.” During this Christmas Season, you need to make a decision. Will you stay on the path the world offers, which is full of sin and disobedience? Or will you reroute your life to one that obeys Jesus fully?

May the presence of God fill your hearts and minds this Christmas and may your feet be on the path that God has planned for you. Merry Christmas!