My thoughts this season have frequently gathered at the sight of the baby, lying innocently and quietly in a manger.
I have contemplated the meaning behind why the Son of God came as a baby and not as a ruling prince in the prime of his life.
Why a baby?
What was God trying to teach us in coming as a baby?
I allude to some of what I was thinking on this subject in a previous blog post (https://graceinthemoment.wordpress.com/2017/12/11/just-a-baby/).
As I pondered the meaning of a baby, something so simple but so profound struck me.
God taught us first to worship before He taught us to serve or to work in His Kingdom.
The angels, announcing the Savior’s birth, appeared to simple shepherds who were quietly watching over their flocks. The shepherds immediately ran to find the baby and fell at His feet to worship Him.
Mary, the mother of Jesus, immediately sings a song of worship when she hears of His coming!
Elizabeth, Mary’s cousin, immediately sings a song of worship when Mary visits, pregnant with the Son of God.
Simeon and Anna were two elderly people who daily visited the temple, waiting the birth and appearance of the Messiah. When they see Him in Mary’s arms, they immediately recognize Jesus for Who He is and begin to praise God.
Wise-men from the East travel far to present precious and valuable gifts to the baby Jesus and to worship Him.
The Son of God’s arrival was announced by a Heavenly Host, praising God! His birth resulted in worship.
The work part of His ministry would come later.
God knew that man would always be tempted to first seek a ministry or work before seeking to worship. Why?
Because, it’s tempting to look to a ministry or work to find our meaning or to make us feel important, but authentic worship requires vulnerability and humility.
Instead, God is looking for worshipers and seems to indicate that worship is always the prerequisite to true kingdom-work. In fact, worship and service are like threads woven together, and the third strand is always love in the center.
In fact, worship and service are like threads woven together, and the third strand is always love in the center.
In the hustle and bustle of the holidays, let’s not overlook the most important part:
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace and good will to men!”