Following Wise Men

“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is He who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw His star when it rose and have come to worship Him.'”

~Matthew 2:1-2 (ESV)

Charles Simeon used the Christmas story to stir the hearts of those in his flock to a more consecrated life. Here’s a small portion of his sermon that day as he spoke about “the wise men from the east.”

“Let us not regard any scoffs, difficulties, or dangers that we may have to encounter in the way of our duty. Doubtless, the [wise men] found many obstacles in their way; but they persisted to the end; and never ceased from their labor, till they had found Him whom they sought. Thus, let us resolutely seek the Lord Jesus, till we have found Him. He is pointed out to us, not by a star, but by “the more sure word of the Gospel.” …

[H]aving found Jesus, let us present to Him all that we are, and all that we have. Let our body, soul, and spirit be consecrated to Him. Let us confess Him as “King of kings, and Lord of lords;” let us devote to Him our silver and our gold; and let us glorify Him with our body and our spirit, which are His. This is our reasonable service; and if we be backward to render it unto Him, surely [the wise men] will rise up in judgment against us; for if they so honored Him, when they saw Him as a babe in swaddling clothes, much more should we, who viewed Him seated on His throne of glory.”

~Charles Simeon, 1759-1836

Charles Simeon served for 49 years as the pastor of Trinity Church in Cambridge, England. Read or listen to Dr. John Piper’s meditations on this faithful believer’s life by clicking here.

You can access Reverend Simeon’s entire sermon here.

In the Fires

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” ‘Glorify ye the Lord in the fires’ Isaiah 24:15 (ESV), not when they have passed or you are out of them and they are only memories, but in them.”

~Amy Carmichael, 1867-1951

When we’re going through trials, we cannot be so focused on the “fire” that we neglect that greater Light. It’s important that we stay in God’s word – remembering that the encouragement that threads through the Bible was put there for strugglers like us.

“Some, though dead to the world, have not that joy in God which it is their privilege to possess. They meditate too much upon their own infirmities, and too little upon the perfections and promises of their God.

O brethren, look at God as the God of salvation, as the God of your salvation, and you shall have your fears turned into confidence, and your sorrows into thanksgiving and the voice of melody.”

~Charles Simeon from his sermon titled “The Christian’s Boast” from Habakkuk 3:17-18. Read the entire message here.


“Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.

God, the Lord, is my strength; He makes my feet like the deer’s; He makes me tread on my high places.”

~Habakkuk 3:17-18 (ESV)

Capturing Happiness

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How happy would Christians be if they rightly enjoyed their privileges!

It is their privilege to be “without carefulness.” If they trusted in God as they ought, nothing could disturb them. Hence the exhortation to joy in God.

Let the afflicted saints then commit themselves to Him; let them know that duty is theirs, but events are His.

~Charles Simeon, 1759-1836