Worship, Worry, or Indifference?

             It was the season of new, special taxation – a hardship and inconvenience for everyone under Herod’s rule.  Many had to travel to get to the required location of their birth to pay these taxes.  Mary was not exempted because “the time was accomplished that she should be delivered” of her first-born child.  These were some of the circumstances surrounding God’s “fullness of time” when He “sent forth His Son.”     (Gal. 4:4)

               Jesus’ birth was announced to some shepherds who came quickly to the stable to welcome and worship this miracle Son of God.  Most people went about their business as usual until more important people – wealthy wise men from the East – stirred Herod’s court with inquiries concerning where to find this long awaited King of the Jews.  They had seen ‘His Star’ and had come to worship Him with precious gifts – not for Herod, but for the Baby King. This incited the jealous Herod to commit infanticide throughout the region in an effort to destroy the right one.  All baby boys, two years old and younger, living in or near Bethlehem, were destroyed by his decree.

               The shepherds and wise men worshiped Him, Herod tried to kill him, many parents mourned the loss of their own beloved sons, but most people continued to go about the normal activities of their daily lives.

               Where do you fit in?  Are you worshiping, worrying, or just indifferent?  Remember, though we can now choose how we respond, “One day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is LORD, to the glory of God, the Father.”  – even Herod’s knee will bow, along with yours and mine.  (Phil. 2:10-11; Rom. 14:11; Isa. 45:23)

Would you rather receive Him now as your Savior, or wait to face Him as your judge?  It’s your choice.


Colossians 3:16-17(NIV) “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it in the name of the Lord Jesus giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

To live by this passage, always read and study the Scriptures until each verse in ingrained in your mind and heart. The Bible scholar C.H. Spurgeon says “If you take the Word of God as your guide, you will often find a shrewdness that will come to you through the Word of Christ dwelling in you richly in all wisdom.”

That is only a small part of the benefit that you will receive. Turn to the Word when you are discouraged or angry, trying to avoid a temptation, having difficulty in a relationship or anticipating a time in your life that looks as though it might be very stressful.

Another way to use the Word of God is to help others by teaching in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. The messages in many of the songs we sing are worthy of a sermon in themselves. Also, there is something about singing a verse that helps you remember it so that you can keep it in your heart.

There may be times when someone you know needs to be corrected. This should be done in a kind, loving manner to help him to change his ways. Members of a church should be willing to help each other whenever help is needed.

The last benefit gained by following Colossians 3:16 is our relationship with God. In our busy lives and the responsibilities we face, sometimes we forget to thank the Lord thinking only of what we need and forgetting what blessings God has already given us. Always pray and sing with gratitude to God in your heart.

To summarize this very important passage, let Jesus into your heart by reading and living the Word, use the Bible as a source of learning and for strength in troubled times, for teaching others, for singing praises, being grateful for his blessings and no matter what we do or say, we should live our lives for the Glory of God