As the day is drawing to an end, my littlest guy (who is six) sits eyeing a Christmas card made by his reading buddy. It perfectly depicts the nativity scene with Jesus lying in a manger. This scene is to draw our hearts to worship, but unfortunately, my son started comparing this beautiful piece of artwork to his own. “I can’t draw like that. My drawings are not very good.” When we take our eyes off of Jesus and start focusing on ourselves, we see our imperfections.
The Danger of Comparison
Read Matthew 2:1-12. It is easy to get caught up in the trap of comparison. When we do, we never measure up. Our flaws. Our weaknesses. They look like they are being held under a spotlight. However, when we keep our gaze fixated on Jesus, we stand in awe of HIm and suddenly, we pale in comparison.
When they saw the star, the magi (wise men or magicians or astrologers) from the East look for the meaning of it. They are Gentiles, not from Israel. At the very onset of Jesus’ arrival, we see that Jesus is indeed the Messiah. He came for people of every tongue, tribe, and nation. And the star was used to lead the wise men to worship Jesus.
And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. Isaiah 60:3
The Correction in our Focus
Interestingly, God uses a star to guide the wise men to Bethlehem. What a great reminder to “look up” to find our path. Not to Oprah or Dr. Phil. Not to horoscopes or the nightly news. Not the crashing stock market or President Trump. We are to look up, to Jesus, as our guiding light.
In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:4-5.
When we live this way, we believe what Jesus says about us and who He says we are. We don’t listen to the voice inside our head that feeds us with lies. Nor do we heed the chatterbox who beats us down. Instead, we live as a child of God, a King’s kid, a masterpiece. We believe. And we live that way.
The only thing that matters now is everything You think of me. In You I find my worth, in You I find my identity. —Lauren Daigle
God’s design was to draw the magi to worship Jesus. This is His design for us as well (Isaiah 43:21). We are created to worship Jesus. We were made to worship. “God created the universe so that it would display the worth of his glory. And he created us so that we would see this glory and reflect it by knowing and loving it — with all our heart and soul and mind and strength (John Piper).”
Look for Jesus today. Rise above your circumstances. Look for the good happening around you.