“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in
the days of Herod the King, behold, wise men from the
East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has
been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His
star inthe East and have come to worship Him.”
– Matthew 2:1-2 (NKJV)
When Jesus first came into our world, those who heard of His arrival had the privilege of directing others to Him. And even though He’s not arriving again as a Holy Babe, people today still need help in getting to Him. And that’s where we get to play a part–we have the same privilege today: the gift of directing others to Jesus.
Sometimes we’ll encounter people who seem afraid to trust Jesus, but we can help them see that Jesus takes away our fears because He’s bigger and more powerful than anything that could frighten us.
Sometimes we’ll encounter people who seem unsure that Jesus can love them because they haven’t always loved Him, but we can help them see that Jesus always loves us first and will never turn us away if we make the choice to follow Him. Sometimes we’ll encounter people who seem confused about Jesus and need to hear our story, and we can help them by telling them how everything began at Christmas and will never end because Jesus is our Savior who will never abandon us. We can direct them to Him by guiding them with our own lives, by being both an example and a road map that those who don’t know Jesus can use to get to Him.
It’s a beautiful gift God’s given us–let’s not miss an opportunity to be wise and generous with our direction.
Father, thank You for those around us who need directions to Jesus and for the opportunity to help guide them.
Draw a simple, colorful map with your children, including “You are here” marked with a star, a path labeled “Jesus’ Way,” and then the destination label “Peace and Love”–because that’s what traveling with Jesus gives us. Let each family member take the path on the map with a game piece or other small item. Remind your children that they’re never too young to give “Jesus directions.”