“On coming to the house, they saw the child with His mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts of gold and incense and of myrrh.” – Matthew 2:11
The “they” that is found in this passage were the Magi, or wise men, sent on ahead by King Herod to find the whereabouts of this child about whom the Scriptures had foretold. When the Magi found Him, they did as was done in the presence of royalty, and they bowed down and worshipped Him. Not only did they offer worship and make themselves low in posture (despite their lofty position in society), but they gave Him gifts that were worthy and appropriate, upon finding He who had been foretold as the coming King. Even the gifts the Magi gave were significant – both symbolically and financially. “Gold was a gift for a king; incense, a gift for deity; myrrh, a spice for a person who was going to die. These gifts may have provided the financial resources for the trip to Egypt and back.” (NIV Study Bible footnotes)
When we approach the living God who came near and now dwells within us, how much more ought we bow down and worship Him, bringing our very best treasures to be trusted unto our Savior?
Do I think we are to always posture ourselves down low every time we come before Him? No, physically it may or may not be possible in each moment that we call out to Him. It seems that as long as we are posturing ourselves as such in our hearts, we are granting Him the rightful position of authority in our hearts and lives as God and King. Do we see that He alone is worthy of our worship, and understand that He alone should sit on the throne to rule and reign in our lives? Are we willing to offer ALL to Him, and allow Him to direct our path?
There is much we can learn from the Magi…
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You foretold of Your Son’s coming, created signs and wonders to show the way, and granted great wisdom to the gift givers so that they would return home by a different route, not disclosing the location of the infant King. Lord, You alone are worthy of all of our worship, and to You, all our treasures are due. Forgive us for allowing our treasure to be in anything other than You. Please come and help our hearts to hear You, honor You, and may our every gift and offering give glory to You alone. May we bring before You the very best that You have given in each of us, and my it be made worthy as we worship You alone. Let our lives lived in reverence of You, reveal the reason You reign above all in heaven and on earth. May many come to call You King, as even creation cries out of Your credentials as our Almighty. Amen.