“7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”
9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.” Matthew 2:7-12
We have all been told to listen to government, parents, rulers, earthly authorities all throw out our lives. They set laws we have to follow and that’s just how it is. Well, the King told these wise men to report back to him on where this baby is located, but on account of a dream, they dis-obey the king and never reported back. Why?
When it comes down to the bottom line, we must obey God over men, woman, parents and even the government. Don’t used this as a get away ticket to do whatever you feel and then claim that God told you, no. We as believers each will be called to do things that our parents, government, and other authorities would tell us not to do, but we should obey God always.
3 years ago, 2010, I gave my life to God and he called me to go preach the gospel in school, go door to door, and on the streets. In the schools, I had teachers going up against me telling me to stop preaching, I told them straight up, “No, I’ll listen to God over you.”. It almost cost me my education, but still stood firm. End of that year, I was chosen for a reward, the person in front said, “He stand for what he believes and doesn’t allow no one to take that from him.”. In the streets and houses, I didn’t run into anyone, did get one guy he was mad that I left a tract on his door step, he threaten to call the cops, so I told him my testimony, ha. Personally, my mind-set is, God said Go, then go, he says do, then I do. I got blessed many times because of it. Like I needed a mountain bike, God made it happen. Use it to travel far for witnesses.
God’s people are going to be called to “Go” and “Do”. The wise men were called, each preacher is called. Not one person in the church can say that God hasn’t called them to “Go”. If you’re the one that says, “No God never called me”. Then you might not be listening to God or you might not have God.
The call is a call to bring glory to God. It’s when everything is God centered. If your self-centered, then you need to change your thinking and listen to what have God has called you to do.
The Devil is there on one side saying “Do this” and God is on other saying “Do this”. I know a Guy, his focus is money and how much he is worth and how much education he has, and about his body fitness and this and that. All Self self self! Self-Centeredness. This same guy reads the bible, knows the bible, tells people stuff out of the bible. Talks about the bible boldly at work, but his life style is 100% not of the bible.
Many Christians are like this. Different levels of self centeredness, from tiny to large. I have it, you have it. We need to knock it out of our life. If we on purpose make it grow. Shame on us, but if on accident and we don’t know, then we need to know. God not going to put up with that for long.
Boils down to one question, “who”. Who will you Obey? God or Devil?
As you find this answer, remember there is peace when you follow GOD and DO his will.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7