Day 20 – December 16
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. [Matthew 2:9-11 NLT]
When the wise men entered the presence of Jesus, even as He was still a baby, they immediately worshiped Him. They recognized that they were not only in the presence of a King, but in the very presence of Immanuel, God with us.
The wise men worshiped Him by changing their posture and bowing down before Him. They also gave Him gifts from their hard-earned treasure. But not just any gifts, they gave Him the BEST of what they had. These gifts were items that they worked hard for, and spent years accumulating wealth to be able to purchase for themselves, yet they knew they had to give Jesus their best.
This Christmas season, will you choose to give God your best? The best of the gifts you’ve been given. Let’s give Him the best of our time so that others get the best of our time. Let’s give Him the best of what we’ve worked so hard to gain so that God can be blessed in return.
Heavenly Father, everything I have is from You. Help me release the hold I have on things You’ve given me. Help me to use all that I am, all that I have, and all that You will give as a way to bless You and others. Help me to surrender it all for Your glory and fame. Amen.
Written by: Brian Griggs