It’s Christmas. The birth of Jesus is a familiar scene, isn’t it? We’ve seen and heard it practically every year in nativity plays, television specials, and our favorite Christmas carols. Wise men – we’re often told, but the Bible doesn’t say how many – came from a great distance to see the new King, and when they saw Him, they gave Him gifts. Pretty pricey stuff too. Gold, incense, and myrrh – things that shine brightly, smells nice, and feel wonderful. Gifts that only kings can afford.
“They saw the child with His mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures.” (Matthew 2:11)
Perhaps this act of giving doesn’t resonate with us like it should. Maybe we’ve heard it so often that our familiarity with it has bred, if not contempt, at least a lack of fascination. Perhaps we assume that the rich magi under the support of their kings could easily afford such treasures. To them it could have been nothing more than a routine baby-shower gift, as far as we know. But the important thing to notice in this passage is that the wise men gave to Jesus the things they considered most valuable. In the Middle Eastern culture two thousand years ago, these items were the top of the line. It took them a lot of time and a lot of treasure to make that journey and present these gifts. It was an act of adoration.
Such giving ought to characterize our adoration too. We praise God with our tongues, raise our hands to Him, and study His Word. But do we give Him what is most costly to us? Do we take the treasures that we value most highly and offer them to Him? Answering that question is a challenge. We have to know ourselves well.
At Christmas, let’s think of what we value most. It may not be our time on Sunday mornings or our 10 percent tithe. Maybe it’s a relationship, a dream, an honor, or an allegiance. Whatever it is, it’s what we treasure. Let’s lay it at His feet and Tell Him It’s His. True love always involves deep sacrifice. It certainly did for Him. It does for us as well.
Have a generous weekend. Make it better by worshiping The Lord with those who know the inexpressible gift they have received Him inspires them to be unbridled in presenting their heart of love and loyalty to Him as well.
All For Jesus – Nothing More, Nothing Less, Nothing Else.
“He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, The King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see, to Him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.” (1 Timothy 6:15b-16)