“When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 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 2:10-11)
As Christmas approaches, gifts are on everyone’s mind. Do we have the perfect gifts for our family members, our friends? Do we have enough gifts? Are they unique and original? What about the wrapping paper?
One of the best parts of gift giving is watching the recipient open the gift. Would you ever consider opening the gift you are giving to someone just before you give it? That’s exactly what the magi did. First, they found the child, Jesus, after following the heavenly star. Then, they worshiped him. “Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, and of incense and of myrrh.” (Mt. 2:11)
Jesus said, “Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” (Mt. 6:21) The treasures of our heart are what God desires. Do we open up every single part of our heart and offer it to God as a gift of worship? Or do we withhold certain things in our hearts like tightly wrapped presents that remain unopened and never given to the Lord? What do we treasure so much that it has become an idol of greed rather than an instrument of giving?
God knows each of those parts, every idol, every stronghold. But He desires us to unwrap those treasures first and reveal them to Him so that our hearts can be cleansed, pure and holy. That gift will please the Lord the most. The amazing fact is that while our hearts were bound in sin, tightly wrapped in its clutches, Jesus died for us. As our risen Savior, how much more will He be pleased if we offer every part of our heart to Him as we worship Him in spirit and in truth?
“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (Gal 1:10)