Monday, January 6, 2014
Today is the 12th day of Christmas, also called Epiphany. Tradition holds it to be the day on which the Magi (akaWise Men) visited Jesus to worship Him. Afterward, they were supposed to report back to king Herod and tell him where Jesus could be found. Herod pretended to want to go worship Jesus but really just wanted to eliminate Jesus, who he heard was called a newborn king. But thankfully, the Wise Men didn't follow Herod's orders. Instead, Matthew 2:12 (NKJV) tells us:
"Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way."
When you meet Jesus, the direction of your life changes. When you meet Jesus, your priorities change. When you meet Jesus, you don't stay the same. You can't help but go another way in life.
And it's really not about being religious. It's not about being self-righteous and being a good person. It's not even about having the right beliefs. At its essence, Christianity is about a relationship with Christ which leaves you changed, better, and different. Any any beliefs you hold, rituals you practice, or traditions you keep stem out of your love for Him and His love for you.
That doesn't mean you'll never sin or mess up again. It doesn't mean you won't hurt others and be hurt by others.
You won't be perfect, you won't always get things right, but you will be going a new way in life simply because you met Jesus.
So as you go about your life as a follower of Christ, remember you are following Him another way. A new way. And it's the only way which leads to the good life on earth and eternal life in Heaven.