Matthew 2:2

“For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”

The Magi of the Christmas story trained their eye toward the heavenly star to find the Christ Child that they might worship Him. But history is replete with accounts of others marked by the same determined focus.

Take Moses, for example.


Moses had every benefit laid at his feet in Pharaoh’s house, yet he was not captivated by the Egyptian court’s sense of security. “He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.” (Hebrews 11:26 NIV) For Moses, looking up equated to living beyond the fleeting rewards of playing it safe within the status quo. And in the deliverance of millions of his people from bondage, he was vindicated.

Missionary to China, Hudson Taylor, was another who lived with heaven in constant view. When writing about winning souls to Christ, Hudson said, “China is not to be won for Christ by quiet, ease-loving men and women.” Through his courageous – some might say outrageous – trust in God, he inspired thousands to forsake the comforts of the West to bring the Christian message to the vast unknown interior of China.

Heaven’s influence is never greater than when our sights are set upon it.


Where will you set your sights in the months ahead? What will be the driving force in your worship of your King? I pray your focus will be on that which will one day be yours – heaven.

Awaiting His return,

– Pastor Jack

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