This blog involves the wise men. Now, I know it’s not Christmas and the wise men are part of what is commonly referred to as “the Christmas story.” But that’s the point. The wise men did not see baby Jesus lying in a manger, at least not from what I can tell after reading Matthew 2:
“And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh” (Matthew 2:11 KJV)
“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 NIV)
Notice how the wise men came to “the house,” and not a stable, barn or manger? This event, found in Matthew’s Gospel, takes place after the birth of Christ. We can’t be exactly sure when the wise men visited Jesus. It may have been the morning after when Joseph packed up his growing family and moved them into a home. It may have been as much as two years after Christ’s birth, based on the fact that Herod orders people to kill all males two-year-old and younger (verse 16). And while we will never be entirely sure how many wise men there were, the point of this blog is to ask what you are giving the Lord.
The wise men gave things to Jesus. They gave Him treasures, things they saw important and fitting for the King of the Jews. Sure, you may not have gold. You may never have laid your hands on frankincense or myrrh, but you have something. Each and every person has a talent. They also have time and during that time they can offer their undivided attention. How can you use those for Christ?
All too often do we take God’s grace and salvation, yet we hardly ever stop and think of what to give Him in return. Christmas has passed. Christ is here. What are you giving Him in 2017?