DayBreaks for 12/25/14 – Paltry Gifts It is Christmas morning. For most of us, there are presents under the tree and squeals of childish delight (not always coming from the little ones!) We give gifts to those we love and appreciate on this day. Why? Well, it all started long, long ago in a village far, far away…
Matthew 2:9-11 (NLT) After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
The wise men (or magi) came to see a king. And they did. Only it wasn’t the kind of king that they planned to encounter. They found a King all right, but far more. They had prepared to meet a king. But, as Todd Agnew asks in his song, “How do you prepare to meet the Lord?”
They brought with them perhaps the finest gifts they could think of or afford: gold, frankincense and myrrh. They were not paltry gifts by earthly standards, but as Todd Agnew sang, “We brought Him gold, frankincense and myrrh, when riches untold he left behind…” No one can possibly know how true of a statement that was! As much as Mary and Joseph must have been stunned by the extravagance of the gifts, God wasn’t. The baby in the manger wasn’t. To Him, the presents were mere trifles.
What have you brought to Jesus this Christmas season? Have you brought gold, frankincense and myrrh, or their modern day equivalent? Perhaps you feel that you gave Him gift by attending a Christmas eve service – that maybe you did Him a favor by doing so. You haven’t. You didn’t.
God never wanted the gold and other presents. What He wanted was the hearts of the wise men and Mary and Joseph and the shepherds in the fields. And that is what He wants from you and from me…our hearts. The wise men apparently “got it” as they came to worship Him…to give the praise of their heart and lips to the Christ Child.
That, my friends, is what He wants from you and me not just today, but always and forever. To God, that is the most precious gift in the universe that we could possibly give to Jesus. Will you give it to Him?
Merry CHRISTmas to you all!
PRAYER: Lord, it isn’t easy to give my heart fully, as much as I would like to! I struggle to keep a bit of it for myself and I try to appease You with substitute gifts that are paltry and trivial. As I go through this day, this coming year and the rest of my life, help me surrender more and more of my heart to You each day! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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