7 Then Herod called the great men in a secretive way and found out exactly from them what time the star had appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “after you go, search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, report to me, that I too may come and worship him.” 9 After listening to the king, they proceeded. And see, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 After they saw the star, they rejoiced with extremely great joy. 11 And after going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And after being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.
Are you great enough to seek someone greater?
The magi were great men who did not mind pursuing Christ, because they were OK with someone else being greater than themselves. Herod pursued Christ, not to worship him, but to eliminate him. So, some today join a church, and then seek their own selfish desires from its members. A church can be a good place to start if you are actually looking for a relationship with Christ, but it can also sidetrack that pursuit if you want it to. A relationship with God through his son is the most valuable thing you can ever have. Seek him.
Most precious Christ, help us to find you this Christmas, and not to get sidetracked in the pursuit.