Searching for What?
“And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.”
When the wise men saw the star in the east, their search for the King of the Jews began. Though it seems as if they were watching the eastern sky for his star to appear, their active search began the night when His star appeared. When they came to Jerusalem to seek Jesus, they asked Herod where the King of the Jews was born. This question troubled Herod because he was afraid there might be a challenge to his throne. Herod’s response in found in the verse above when he said, “…Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.” I find in this story that people are in a diligent search for different reasons. My question for you is, for what are you searching?
Are you searching for power? Herod’s search for Jesus was to protect his power. He was afraid that his throne was in danger of being taken if Jesus was truly the King of the Jews. I find that people who search for power are often willing to hurt others to get it. It is interesting that when the wise men never returned, Herod decreed that all children under the age of two were to be killed. His search for Christ was a power search. Let me ask you, are you more interested in power than you are in the presence of Christ? You must be careful that you don’t have such a desire for power that you will hurt anyone who gets in your way of obtaining it. A power hungry person is a dangerous person to be around because their responses and actions are all about obtaining power.
Are you in a search for entertainment? Throughout the life of Christ, many sought Jesus because they wanted to see His miracles. I find that there are many Christians who are more interested in entertainment than they are in pleasing the LORD. My friend, entertainment may fulfill the appetite for the immediate, but it always leaves you empty on the morrow. Though there is nothing wrong with enjoying things, you must not make entertainment your sole search in life. Living for the temporal brings great regret when the eternal fruit basket is empty.
Are you in search for acceptance? There were many who followed the crowds, but the crowds eventually turned on Christ. If you are the type of Christian who is always looking to see what the majority of people are doing, you will one day follow the crowds to compromise. The only acceptance you should seek is the approval of the LORD.
Are you in search for personal gain? Many searched for Jesus because they wanted Him to bring them personal gain. My friend, you must not live to see what gain you get from serving the LORD. The search for personal gain is a selfish search that always leads to dissatisfaction. Stop asking yourself what you get from serving the LORD and ask what you can give to serve Him.
Christian, the greatest search is the search to worship the LORD. The wise men had it right when they desired to worship Christ. If you make your daily search to please the LORD, you will find satisfaction at the end of each day. Let me encourage you to make your life about pleasing the LORD. Before you do anything, always ask yourself if it will please the LORD. If you make this your model of life, you will find that you will live a fulfilling life.