2014 is coming to a close and the Kingsmen are grateful for a fantastic year. Let us say thank you! Thank you so much from The Kingsmen! With the hand of God and His blessing, you have helped make 2014 one of the best. We have seen so many lives changed, made so many new friends, and launched a great new CD with some of the best songs we have ever recorded. Christmas. My favorite time of the year. So much goes on this time of year. We are all so busy. Gifts to buy, church programs to attend, gatherings to prepare for . . .and, on top of that, work and family. Christmas can easily become, for some, the WORST time of the year. I have a theory – when we take our eyes off the “reason for the season”, Jesus, that’s when Christmas ceases to be about worship and becomes about us. But it’s not about us – nothing is ever about us. It’s all about Jesus. No matter how busy our life is; no matter how important our job is; no matter how critical our time is . . .it’s not about us – it’s about Jesus.
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This season is about worship. Worship, pure and simple. That’s why the shepherds were at the manger. That’s even the reason King Herod gave the wise men to find out the location of the Christ child. The Wise Men . . .now there is a great story.
The Wise Men can be an example to us. In addition to the gold, frankincense, and myrrh, they gave the Savior some gifts we can give him today: their hope, their time, and their worship. The wandering wise men gave Jesus their hope. When everyone else saw a night sky, this small band of men saw THE light. The sight of the star sparked a desire in their hearts that sent them packing. They went, seeking Jesus.
When night comes to your world, what do you see? The darkness or the stars? Hopelessness or hopefulness? Sometimes, just as He did so long ago, God uses the darkness to reveal His stars-"The light shines in the darkness" (John 1:5). Give God your hope for Christmas. While you’re giving, give God your time. The wise men did. Before they gave God their presents, they gave their presence. It’s likely that these men traveled as long as two years before locating the prince of heaven. Before that one incredible moment when they knelt before Jesus, the wise men spent many moments, months, perhaps years searching, in anticipation of that meeting. Just as the wise men devoted themselves to seeking the Savior, so can you: "You will seek Him and find Him when you seek Him with all your heart" (Duet. 4:29). And when they did find Him, the wise men gave Jesus another gift: their worship. Men of wealth, influence, and intellect: what did they do when they saw Jesus? ",they fell down and worshiped Him" (Matt. 2:11)
Worship. It’s a gift that extends to the giver as well. Through worship, we come to see God more clearly. God invites us, through worship, to see His face so He can change ours. In worship, we simply stand before God with a prepared and willing heart and let God do His work. And He does. He wipes away the tears. He mops up the perspiration. He soothes the heart. He comforts the soul. He changes us as we worship. The wise men sought the Child of God, just as God seeks His children. "The Father is actively seeking such people to worship him" (John 4:23). The gifts of hope, time, and worship. Three gifts wise men still give.
Here is the hope and prayer of The Kingsmen – that God’s richest blessings will be with you. That you have a happy and healthy New Year. And that in the face of all manner of difficulty and trial, the peace of the Holy Spirit will sustain and comfort you that your faith will remain strong.
Merry Christmas from The Kingsmen!
He’s a good, good God!