We are all familiar with the gifts the wise men brought to Christ, but there was something above and beyond the gifts. The above verse tells us they “fell down, and worshipped him…” Our attitude precedes our gift-giving.
The gifts were symbolic, they were worthy of a king; but the gifts themselves were not the most important part of the story. These wise men travelled a great distance, and apparently over a great deal of time, in order to reach the Christ child. Even without the gifts they demonstrated by their actions that they believed in, and gave reverence to, this new-born King.
Most of us have very little to bring to Christ. Our material resources are few. Our influence is limited. We have no position or authority to make a major difference. Yet, we too can demonstrate by our actions that we acknowledge and worship the Christ of Bethlehem. We can bow down and worship that Star of Bethlehem who is still bringing light and pointing the way for peace and forgiveness in a dark world.
May this Christmas be bright with joy and hope as the true Star of Bethlehem shines in our lives and gives “peace on earth, good will to men.”
Yours for a Joyful Christmas,
Director of Adult Distributed Education