“When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” (Luke 2:15)
By Heather Djunga
He’s small and lovely and definitely an unexpected surprise on this ordinary evening in Bethlehem. Tiny hands and feet. Minute features. At this point, the baby is lighter than the crown He will one day wear on His head.
So cute and lovely is He, it’s hard to imagine He is the King of everything. But look above Him, above the stable where He has been placed in a manger, and see there is a particularly bright and unusual star – directly overhead.
A road map, if you will, pointing to the Way – Jesus.
I believe when the Lord brings a sign or wonder, this is never without the intent of drawing attention to Jesus and glorifying His name. The Lord is deliberate and purposeful in His action.
The Holy Spirit always speaks with intention and to point to the Lord Jesus Christ.
This magnificent star in the sky was intentional and its intent was Jesus.
Too often, we seek signs and wonders, like kids wanting to get high on helium. We worship the signs and wonders, and even judge ministries on how many signs and wonders are present. We think if someone gives us a word of knowledge or has spiritual knowledge or operate in signs and wonders, immediately they must be close to Jesus but we need to discern – how has this pointed me to Jesus and how has this stirred in me a desire to draw closer to Him?
The shepherds did not choose to camp in the pastures and worship the star. They proceeded onwards to Bethlehem! There was a reason the star was there – and they were determined to find it. If it was such a glorious star, imagine the glory of the one it pointed to.
The Lord says seek and you will find. He says to His people in the book of Jeremiah (Jeremiah 29), that when they seek Him with all their hearts, they will find Him and they won’t be disappointed.
Imagine being among those shepherds who after following the star all night, arrived to see the first and most beautiful Christmas gift ever.
Those who choose to follow the star and seek the one it points to, witness things to wonderful to write about.
Pay attention today.
The Holy Spirit will guide you through revealing Jesus to you.
There in your office. There in your home. There in the traffic. In the shopping centre or coffee shop. The soft, gentle voice of the Holy Spirit, will be there to guide you and reveal to you what Jesus is doing in your midst and then invite you to be a part of this – ‘to follow the star’ and to see the glories of what is revealed to those who by faith and perseverance seek out the King of Kings in their everyday lives.
“Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” (John 21:25)
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