Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Day 10 – Gifts

Matthew 2 : 1 – 12


I am intrigued how the magi came from the East to worship the newborn king of a distant land. This was a king they called “King of the Jews,” which also meant that he was not their earthly king; yet they were impressed to come meet and worship this baby. I wonder if they understood that this was not an earthly king, but He was the heavenly king. We don’t know how far their journey was, or how long it took, but we do know that they approached Herod for information about the king.


Herod was threatened by this information and told the magi that He may be in Bethlehem (the chief priests told Herod about the prophecy of the Messiah being born in Bethlehem). He lied to the magi and asked them to tell him where the baby was so he could worship him (vs 7 – 8). They found Jesus because the star was shining over the place where He was and presented Him with gifts and worshipped Him.


Today, it struck me how the magi did not necessarily have an easy time giving their gifts to Jesus; they had to travel a far distance and were lied to on the way. They did not give up on their search for Jesus; they continued on because it was important to them to worship Him and give Him their gifts. It made me wonder how far I am willing to go to give of myself to God. God gave us all gifts so we can give back to Him. These gifts are not to keep to ourselves but to share with those around us, which is giving it back to God. Paul writes about the gifts being given for “the common good” in I Corinthians 12:7.


Sometimes giving of ourselves is not easy and takes us far out of our comfort zone. We may be inconvenienced when we give of ourselves; yet as the magi showed us, our efforts are worth being able to come before Christ and worship Him and give our gifts.
How far are you willing to go to give to Christ?

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