The Wise Humbly Serve the King
 

"And Samuel answered, ‘Speak, for Your servant hears.' "
-1 Samuel 3:10b, emphasis added

Have you decided to be among those who are seeking the King this Christmas season? You can if you will come humbly like the shepherds. The shepherds were truly wise men! They represent the best of all God's Word about the rewards that come to those who seek and find the Lord. Will you experience the glad tidings of the gospel? Will you experience great joy? You can if you humbly choose to follow the pathway they followed!

Decide to listen to God when He speaks. Like the shepherds, tune your heart to listen and look for God while you are at work, at school, or at home. Remember that the eyes of the Lord are looking down for someone looking up and seeking God: "For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him" (2 Chronicles 16:9).

Decide to come to God just as you are. Recognize the doctrinal Truth of the third stanza of this classic song: Just as I am, Thou wilt receive, Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve; Because Thy promise I believe, O Lamb of God, I come, I come! Ask Him to change you, melt you, mold you, fill you, and use you! Tell Him, "O Lamb of God I come just as I am-for you to fix." There is no time, no reason, and no ability to become someone else; God calls you just as you are so He Himself can make you anew!

Decide to seek Jesus until you find Him-don't delay. Just as the shepherds would have missed that precious moment if they had waited, so the Lord says, "While you hear My voice-don't wait!" So respond to Him: "O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You!" (Psalms 63:1). Seek Him with your whole heart while He may still be found!

Like Peter, Andrew, James, and John, drop your net and follow Him. Like Peter say, "I have left all behind to follow You!" Like Paul, say, "I count everything else as trash so I can have You." Like David, say, "One thing have I desired above all others, and that is You, O Lord."

Jesus tells us that the gate is narrow, and the road is hard. We must press into His Kingdom. We must draw near to Him. We can't serve two masters-only One. As Joshua declared: "Choose . . . this day whom you will serve . . . But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!" (Joshua 24:15). For as Paul confessed, "for me, life is Christ-and death is only better because I am with Him" (Philippians 1:21).

Decide to tell everyone the Good News. Be like those at Christ's resurrection and at Pentecost-they couldn't stop telling the great news. They went everywhere and told everyone what He had done in their lives. In His power, you can do the same in our generation: "Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life" (Acts 5:20).

As this year is fast coming to an end, will you be among the wise who still seek the King? Will you serve Him like the humble but wise shepherds? Will you experience and share the glad tidings of the gospel with others? Will you experience great joy?

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