“We (Magi) saw his star in the east and have come to worship Him.” Matthew 2:2
“…and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star they were overjoyed.” Matthew 2:9-10
The star, literally, lead the Magi to the place where baby Jesus was.
It did what it was made to do.
The Magi worshipped Jesus.
They did what they were made to do.
Please notice, however, that while the star lead the way, it could not make the Magi worship.
To worship or not to worship, was their choice.
Let’s try to contextualize a bit…
We can attend a church that believes in and teaches a way of living that is devoted to Jesus. (for illustrations sake we’ll dub that church the “star“)
But the church can’t make us, you and me, worship. Our choice.
(we’ll dub us as the “Magi”)
We can invite people whom we love, to join us in our faith journey. We can act like the star.
The people we love choose to worship. Just like us, they have opportunity to act like the Magi or not – their choice.
Sometimes confusing isn’t it? Our roles change all the time.
So – how about this…
When God asks you to be a star – to point the way – be His star.
When God asks you to worship Him – worship Him.
Leave all the rest to Him.
He has it all figured out, anyway.