I was reading a couple of articles this morning about some contemporary religious leaders who have tremendous followings. These people aren’t just preachers and pastors of mega-churches, but are world-wide evangelists, authors and some are even movie stars. Their conferences bring in people by the thousands, all eager and willing to stand in long lines to get an autograph, a photo and just be in the presence of the religious stars. They are the celebrities of the evangelical crowd.
People gobble up their books by the armloads and read them with ravenous hunger. Book study groups are formed and people sit around the table engaging in lengthy religious philosophical discussions on the profundity of words these people have written. Many friends and acquaintances I know can quote these stars with the ease of reciting the Lord’s Prayer.
As I sat here this morning thinking about these religious superstars, my mind wandered back to more than two thousand years ago when some very wise men from the east followed a star.
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east and are come to worship him. Matthew 2:1-2
Notice that the wise men did not fawn over the star, they didn’t focus on the life of the star, the beauty, charisma or magnificence of the star. They didn’t offer alms or sacrifices to the star. They didn’t celebrate the star. They knew that the star was only there to point the way. Their journey wasn’t about the star, it was about the King.
While you may be a follower or fan of one or more of these religious superstars, ask yourself, “Am I seeking the star or am I seeking the King?”
The people of the town of Berea were like the wise men of the east. They were much wiser their neighboring townsfolk who were impressed with a religious superstar by the name of Apostle Paul and just accepted whatever he said as truth. Luckily for them, what Paul told them was indeed, truth.
But when Paul came to the Bereans, they were welcoming but wary. They tested what he said against scripture to determine as to whether he spoke the truth. They weren’t impressed with his name or his fame. They weren’t seeking the star, they were seeking the King.
Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. Acts 17:11 NIV
Be a Berean!
Have a blessed day, my friends, and if I don’t meet you again here I hope to meet you over there!