“On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.” Matthew 2:11
Whether you call them wise men, magi, or kings does not really matter. What does matter is they are among the wisest men we will find in the Bible. These men brought three gifts to give to the Newborn King – three gifts for the King and three valuable lessons for us: Seek. Worship. Share.
First, we learn to seek. These men were most likely astrologers. They saw a new star, a different, brighter star and knew it was special. They set out to follow the star and to find the Christ child. We would be living a different life if they had not sought Him out. Praise the Lord for them following the star.
Second, we learn about worship. Upon entering the house, they immediately bowed down and worshiped the Christ Child. There isn’t a pause. They knew they were called to do this, just as we are called to do the same today. He is mighty to save and more than deserving of our worship.
Finally, we learn about sharing our gifts. This doesn’t mean just exchanging gifts at Christmas time, but also sharing the gifts God has blessed us with for use in His kingdom. We live in an amazing time where the impact of our gifts can be shared among the world quicker than ever. They can be tangible gifts, gifts of time or even gifts of our presence.
Again, these men were among the wisest men. Even though they only get talked about in the book of Matthew, they are an important part to the whole, living story of Jesus Christ. We can continue to learn from them.
What gifts and talents do you have? Are you sharing any of them for the sake of His Kingdom? Is there a way that you can? It’s always important to take time and reflect on the gifts God has given us and to pray for Him to use them for His plan.