After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem. Matthew 2:1 NIV
Imagine deciding to follow the star. It was one thing to study that star, to search ancient records and speculate about its path and purpose. But to these Magi, that was not enough. They felt compelled to leave their home in the east and travel hundreds of miles westward to follow the star and prove their theories were correct. It was a massive commitment.
Following their studies after months of travel, they arrived in Jerusalem. Then, insights provided by Herod’s scholars pointed them toward Bethlehem where they saw Jesus along with his parents. Overwhelmed, they bowed down and worshiped, and presented Him with treasures they had brought (v. 11).
It had been the journey of a lifetime, but they were rewarded with a life-changing encounter. These Magi joined men and women throughout the ages who had left everything behind to follow Jesus (Matthew 4:21-22).
Others would leave everything in other ways. The shepherds would need to leave their flocks to see the baby Jesus. For some, following Jesus would involve a life of surrender and sacrifice. For many, it means leaving personal comforts to go to faraway places and laying aside their plans and personal desires.
Following Jesus means leaving everything else behind – your past and future. Make Him your highest priority. Trust Him to provide meaning to your life and meet your needs and guide you. Follow Jesus.