Becoming the Sign

Matthew 2:1-2 says, “1Now 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, 2Saying, 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.”
I have had at least two conversations with people in these past couple of weeks in which they said things like, “These are just the sign of the times.” To myself, I have wondered, “Do they even know what that means?” Events do happen that point to Christ coming back, but what are we going to do about it?

These three wise men, who were not spiritual by any means, came to give gifts and worship Christ because they had seen a sign, which is His star in the east. They knew the Messiah, a kingly leader had been born because they were students of the heavens. They were astrologers! Anyone can follow a sign, but when you are a believer, signs follow you, pointing other people to Jesus Christ (Mark 16:15-20).

Yes, we all have heard and known Jesus is coming back, but His initial coming was to empower us to bring His heavenly kingdom to earth and operate in it. It is to not watch the news and say, “Man, things are terrible. He is definitely coming back.” The enemy at work and the signs surrounding us are not excuses to remove ourselves from the Great Commission and eliminate us from our position of prayer since the Bible prophesied these things and apparently, in the eyes of a majority of the weak-kneed church, we can do nothing about it. I am still in agreement with Walter Wink who said, “History belongs to the intercessor.” You can still shape history, and it does not happen when you are looking for signs. Even an adulterous generation can do that (Matthew 12:39). It is even far greater than signs following you. It is when you become the sign!

I want to encourage each of you to take advantage of this Christmas holiday, break or vacation and spend more time with the LORD in prayer. You can never spend too much time in His presence. Fan the flames of revival in your heart and ask God to show you how to become a sign to this generation! Much love to you guys. If I don’t see you before then, you have a Merry Christmas!