Crossroads: Seeking and Discovering

Matthew 2:1-12

My Story
Have you ever had the experience of searching for one thing and finding something else? One day I lost my keys. It was such a frustrating experience because my key chain held keys to my car, house, and office. I desperately needed to find those keys, so I looked everywhere. I looked on counters, book shelves, tables, and even in the cushions of the couch. I searched pockets in my pants and jackets. I even looked in the dog’s bed to see if he had taken them. Finally I found my keys in the strangest place—the front door knob! When I unlocked the house, I accidentally left my keys in the front door.

But the story was not all bad. The best part of the story is that I found so many other things as I searched for my keys. I discovered loose change in the seat cushions. There was an important reminder note I had written to myself in the pocket of my jacket. And I even found a twenty dollar bill under some mail on the kitchen counter! Sometimes, when you seek one thing, you find many other wonderful gifts in addition to the thing you sought.

Your Story
Tell a story about a time in your life when you lost something and spent time trying to find it.
– How did you feel when you lost the item? How did you feel when you were searching for it? How did you feel when you found it?
– What are some ways we can seek God today?
– Are there other things we sometimes seek instead of God?
– Make a commitment today to spend more time in this New Year seeking God. You may want to pray more often each day individually or as a family. Maybe you could read the Bible. If you spend just five extra minutes each day seeking God, it adds up to more than 2 1/2 hours each month.
– If possible, let each family member share an idea of how he or she will spend more time with God.

The Bible Story
We don’t know much about the Magi. The Bible does not tell us their country of origin. We don’t know their names, their ages, or anything about their families. We don’t really even know how many Magi there were—we only know that scripture tells us they brought three different gifts for the baby king.

But we do know they were seekers of the Lord. They saw a star in the sky and realized this star signaled the birth of someone very special. At first, the Magi did not know that this baby was the Son of God—they only knew he was born to be a king. So they followed the star, and they sought and discovered Jesus. When they saw Jesus, the Bible says they worshipped him. They were looking for a king, but they discovered the Son of God, Jesus.

Jesus is always so much more than what we first expect. He is our Lord and our Savior, but he is also our friend and companion. All we need to do is seek Jesus. These Magi from the east serve as examples for us because they sought the Lord.

Discussion Questions
– How did the Magi know Jesus was born King of the Jews?
– Why did they want to follow this star? How did they know to follow it?
– How were they warned in a dream not to go back to Herod? What happened in the dream that gave them this message?
– How did the Wise Men feel as they followed the star? Excited? Frightened? Worried? Homesick? Happy?
– If you had been the Magi, what would you have said to Mary and Joseph when you finally found them?

Prayer and Action
– Thank God for sending Jesus to us as our Savior and friend
– Ask God to bless your efforts of spending more time seeking God in this New Year
– Pray that God draw you closer together as a family this year

Jessica Asbell is currently serving as the Minister to Children at First Baptist Church of Roswell, GA. She has worked with children in various capacities at several churches, including Winter Park Baptist in Wilmington, NC, First Baptist of Decatur, GA, and Highland Hills Baptist in Macon, GA. She has a Master of Divinity from McAfee School of Theology and a BBA from Mercer University. In her spare time she loves to read, watch movies, and of course spend time with her sweet kitty, Lucy.

Kevin Head began serving as Minister to Young Families at First Baptist Roswell, Georgia, in February 2012. He has pastored three churches in Kentucky and more recently served as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Lumberton, North Carolina. In 2007, Kevin and his wife, Amy, began a ministry-based counseling practice called New Perspectives for Life in East Cobb, Georgia. He is a graduate of Furman University (B.A.) and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Ph.D., M.Div.) in Louisville, Kentucky. Kevin was ordained by the First Baptist Church of Belvedere, South Carolina. His model of ministry is based on John 8 and the amazing, continual grace of Jesus Christ. Kevin and Amy have two children, Jenna and Joshua.

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