The Wise Journey to Worship the Christ at Advent

A Holiday Devotional

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This holiday season do you find yourself on a wise journey or a foolish journey? The foolish journey only takes you by all of the trappings of the season. You see the lights, hear the music, decorate the tree, and wrap the gifts. But you miss out on what the Magi experienced that first Advent as recorded by the gospel writer Matthew.

When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and fell down and worshiped him.
–Matthew 2:10-11

Comparing Our Actions to Our Thoughts

Mercy & Grace

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Human beings have a tendency to undervalue our thoughts as compared to our actions. This is especially true when it comes to our understanding of our need for God’s mercy and grace. Often we think that if we can avoid taking a sinful action then we have a fine standing before the Lord. What is missing in this assessment? Is it not that we fail to account for the many sinful thoughts that bounce around in our minds?

Jesus’ Teaching

Jesus taught that we are as culpable for our thoughts as for our actions.