The Bible is full of people that we can learn from in our walk with the Lord. For example, don’t be like King Jeroboam or Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu (1 Kings 12:28, Leviticus 10:1). Instead, strive to follow people such as Noah, Peter, and the wise men (Hebrews 11:7, Matthew 16:18, Matthew 2:1-12).
Speaking of the wise men, we are not exactly sure how many of them visited the Christ child. We know there were at least two, hence the usage of “men,” and while songs, nativity scenes, and films typically feature three of them, that number is largely based on their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Still, I’m not here to discuss how many and why. I think it’s more important to focus on the things we can take away from the story of the wise men.
They Worshipped Jesus
The wise men knew something special was going on in Israel. They saw a star in the east and followed it. When they arrived in Jerusalem, they approached King Herod to ask the following:
“Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him” (Matthew 2:2).
According to Merriam-Webster, the word “worship” means to honor or reverence as a divine being or supernatural power. It also means to regard with great or extravagant respect, honor, or devotion. It would be wise for us to do the same when we travel to church, sing hymns, and read our bible, etc. It’s not just a gathering place, another song, or something to read. It’s worship.
They West The Distance
We’re not exactly sure how far the wise men traveled, but we believe it was a great distance. Truth be told, it probably was not the most comfortable of journeys. Walking and or riding on the back of an animal for long periods of time can wear you down. Still, the wise men were dedicated. They remained focused on the King’s star, and they followed through with their plans. Are you doing the same for Jesus? Are you going the distance?
They Gave Something To Jesus
I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a lot of gold, frankincense, and myrrh around my house. I can’t even give the Lord something expensive, and I know I am not alone. Still, we all possess things to give up to the Lord. We have time. We have attention. We have talents. It would be wise for us to give up these things for the Lord. He gave up something for us. He gave His life. But first, He had to be born.
This Christmas, don’t get all wrapped up in buying presents, preparing food, and stressing about your in-laws. Remember to worship Jesus. Go the distance for Him. Give Him, well…you.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:16-18)