Read Matthew 2:1-6
In this passage we see two contrasting types of believers. First there are the Magi, who traveled from very far away at the guidance of just a star to get where they were going. Talk about faith!
“Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
Then there were the priests and religious scholars of Jerusalem, assembled by Herod to ask what was going on. These priests knew the Bible, and quoted a prophecy foretold in Micah about Jesus’ birthplace in Bethlehem
‘for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’
These scholars knew the word, but instead of wanting to worship the new king, they did nothing. They should have been running out the door! Bethlehem was only about 6 miles away from Jerusalem. They were so close to Jesus, it would’ve been easy for them to go and see him.
The Magi knew nothing of a prophecy, and instead followed their hearts in faith. They traveled from the far east, and after hearing this prophecy went to Bethlehem to complete their journey and meet the ‘shepherd of the people of Israel.’
It’s easy sometimes for me to want to be the type of ‘Christian’ someone else I know is. To be able to quote scripture, or pray the way they do. But these things don’t matter, they aren’t our salvation.
God only asks for us to worship the King.
Do you struggle with not feeling as good or worthy as another Christian you know?