As I have been continuing to study the Christmas story this month, I have spent a few days looking into the Magi or more commonly known the "wise men." I do not want to spend some time speculating about how many there were and when they arrived on the scene but want to look at the three things that stood out to me while studying this that we can all apply.
Matthew 2:10-11 - When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
1) They rejoiced greatly when they saw the star. They were overcome with joy that they had found where the Messiah was. It was not that they had found a treasure, but had found the One they had come so far to worship. We should be this excited to worship Him always. Not only on Sunday but also in our daily quiet times.
2) They "fell" to the ground and worshipped Him. I looked at several translations and they all say this. I believe it is important to note that they did not simply kneel and bow, but they fell before Jesus. It is with this reverence and respect we should always approach God in worship because He is worthy.
3) They opened their "treasures" to give Him gifts. This stood out to me because I believe it not only shows that the gifts were of great monetary value, but that they were also important and significant to the owners. I believe that this shows us that they gave Him their best gifts. We should always give our best gift to Him in worship, time, and monetary.
Forgive us Lord for when we do not become excited to worship You. Forgive us for when we do not worship You with the respect and reverence that You deserve. Forgive us for when we do not give you our best in our worship.