The other day I was listening to the radio and the song by U2 “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for” came on. It’s a song I’ve heard many times, but as I listened to Bono sing the chorus I was struck by the reality of the song. All around me there are people walking around searching for that something to fill the void they feel inside, but sadly most do not know what it is that they are even looking for. Many have tried to fill that void with things such as drugs and alcohol. Some have thought relationships were the key to filling that empty void, only to have learned that hard way that people will always fail you. For others, acquiring material possessions has been the way they have tried to suppress the emptiness they feel inside. These are all different people with different walks of life, yet all are searching for the same thing.
As we have come into the Christmas season, I am reminded of the story in the Bible of the three wise men that went searching for the Messiah that had been born. These three men were led by a star and although they did not know where it was they were being led, they did know exactly what it was they were looking for – and that was Jesus. They had a goal in mind and that goal was to find Jesus. They never wavered, nor took their eye off the star until they had found that precious babe in the manger. I admire the three wise men for their diligence and persistence, and hope that in my own life I would always be so determined to keep my attention and focus on Jesus. My prayer would be that Hebrews 12:2 may always be true in my life, “Let us keep looking to Jesus. Our faith comes from Him and He is the One Who makes it perfect.”
Today I ask you, “What is it that you are looking for this Christmas season?” For some reading this, you may already know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and this Christmas you are looking to draw closer to Him. If there is where you are, I want to encourage you to continue to focus on Jesus throughout the season and to continue giving, sharing and loving others as Jesus would. Maybe for others though, you are still searching for peace to fill that void inside of you. If that is where you are, I want to invite you to Jesus. He is the real and only reason for the season. Over 2,000 years ago, God sent His one and only son, Jesus, into this world to be the Savior of the world. Jesus lived a blameless life and died on a cross to save us from our sins. The only way to heaven is to accept Jesus’ free gift of salvation by acknowledging your need for a Savior and repenting of your sins. This Christmas season, I invite you to receive the free gift of salvation that is offered through Jesus Christ. May this Christmas be the first of many Christmases where you can truly say “I have finally found what I was looking for!”