Follow the Star

You’re invited to experience Jesus this Christmas through our brand new devotional---Follow the Star: Discover the Heart of Jesus! For the next 7 days read, reflect, praise and pray through devotionals written by the praiseLive staff.

Devotional read by Kelsi,  Morning Show Co-Host.

Follow the Star: Discover the Heart of Jesus Day 7

 

Scripture:

Matthew 2:9-12, After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11And 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. 12And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.

John 3:16-17, For  God so loved  the world,   that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not  perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

 

Devotional:

Recently my sister sent me a photo of myself from Christmas in the mid-1990s. My hair was larger than life, my eyes were tightly shut from excitement, and I was shrieking with awe and wonder! My grandparents that year had the financial means to spoil their boys and their families. I can still remember my grandmother asking me if there was one gift I could have; it didn’t matter what it cost, what would it be? I had never been asked that question before, and I wasn’t even sure what to say, so I told her a Game Gear. It was expensive at the time, and it felt like a wish list item. 

When I unwrapped the gift, I couldn’t believe that I had received one! To this day, it’s still one of the Christmas that stands out the most to me. My siblings and I also received our very first computer, an Acer!

When I read Matthew 2:9-12 and John 3:16-17, I am overcome by similar emotions. My heart is filled with adoration, joy, thankfulness, and love. Just like my grandparents lavished abundance and love over my siblings and me that Christmas, God gave us the costliest gift of all time–Jesus!

When you love someone, you will go to extraordinary measures to show them your love. God’s heart was never to be separated from his children, but because of Adam + Eve disobeying God, God needed to provide the ultimate sacrifice to restore His relationship with us! From Genesis to Revelations, God’s story of redemption, restoration, purpose, forgiveness, and love is throughout the pages. God never needed a backup plan; his plans have always been plan A. 

God has already chosen you! He’s just waiting for you to choose Him back! If you have not begun a personal relationship with God, this could be the most epic Christmas of your life!


Will you accept the most costly gift of all time?

Reflection Question

Have you received the gift of Salvation (read John 3:16-17)? If you have, ask Jesus if there are any areas of your life that you struggle to receive his love in or need to surrender to Him?

Prayer

Father God!

You are SO good! Thank you for sending your son, Jesus, to pay the ultimate price for my sins so that I can have eternal life with you! Thank you that you are a God of abundance and love to lavish your children with gifts; help me receive that from you today. Amen