How to Have Vibrant Spirituality

An Advent Reflection About the Wise Men

God used the Wise Men as the first to announce the Savior’s arrival to the people in Jerusalem and the first to offer this new King extravagant gifts. But their significance continues throughout the centuries to us today—us regular moms on our own spiritual journey.

What can we learn from the Wise Men?


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How can we have vibrant spirituality?

  1. WATCH for what God is doing.

Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.”

Matthew 2:1-2, NLT

Sometimes motherhood keeps us quite occupied. There are times life feels like a spinning globe that we never stops. Dishes, again. Clean uniform, again. Help with school work, again.

Yet God is at work in our cosmos of motherhood. When we look to Him for guidance, He shows us where to work for Him, right where we live. Sometimes he leads us to move, but most of the time our work is right in front of us.

The Wise Men watched the world around them to see God at work and followed when they saw His star.

What is He teaching you in His Word and the world? How are your children spiritually? What is going on with those at work? Your neighbors? Your church’s missionaries? In the news?



Is there something God might be asking you to do with what you see at home or the world? Where might He be asking you to journey with Him?



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  1. JOURNEY to follow Him.

After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was.

Matthew 2:9, NLT

When the wise men saw the sign that the King of the Jews was born, they journeyed Jerusalem (‘cause a King should be in the grand city, right?) Yet when they arrived, they only found deceitful King Herod.

The star appeared to guide them from Jerusalem to Bethlehem, a humble town on the outskirts.

The Wise Men were willing to follow God’s leading even when it didn’t make sense.

A king born in small-town-Judea?

Yet they followed the cosmic (perhaps supernatural) star in faith, which led them right to Jesus, the King of Kings.

Sometimes following Jesus doesn’t make sense.follow Jesus

Like five years ago when we sold most of our belongings so my husband could attend seminary. To now be back WATCHING what God will do next in our lives. Some people think we are off kilter or destined for meteor-sized failure.

But WATCHING and JOURNEYING is the most real and sane thing we do as believers—even when we are led to the outskirts of life—or the solar systems of our child’s heart.



Is there somewhere God is leading you that is scary? Maybe to go on a mission trip—or simply mend a relationship at home. Ask for God’s leading and take the first step.


We can have vibrant spirituality when we

follow the example of the Wise Men:

WATCH what God is doing,

JOURNEY to follow Him, and

WORSHIP with extravagance.


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  1. WORSHIP with extravagance.

They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Matthew 2:11, NLT

The Wise Men’s gifts were costly and symbolic: Frankincense for a priest–Jesus is our high priest forever, Gold for a king- Jesus is the King of Kings, and Myrrh to prepare a body for burial–Jesus died on the cross for our sins and was placed in a tomb.

These days the greatest gift we can offer our King is our full devotion, void of contamination of other loves and priorities.

Where are our hearts? Do we long for our kids to excel in school more than excel in their spiritual life? Do pray for the nicest house in town more than the salvation of those on our block?

Worship is lifestyle of devotion, attention, and obedience. It includes songs of adoration, yes! How I love to sing a deep worship song. But it is the fullness of our lives that displays worship. Worship is how we speak to our kids and where we spend our money. Worship is reading God’s Word to then speak grace and life to others.

Every moment of life is an opportunity for worship.

PRAY Lord, God. Thank you for Jesus. Thank you for Christmas that reminds me of Your great love and provision in our Savior. Please show me how to WATCH, JOURNEY, and WORSHIP so I may follow you more fully than I do right now. Thank You for forgiving me when I fall short. In Jesus’s name I pray, AMEN.


Question:What is one way you think God is leading you to WATCH, JOURNEY, or WORSHIP? To leave a comment, just click here.


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