10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 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, NIV
When I was dating my wife I loved showering her with gifts. Since I was a poor college student at the time, it was more the thought that counted rather than the worth of the gift. There would be times that I would make her dinner or make simple gestures that would show her how much she means to me. It was gestures of a budding and mature affection for someone that means a great deal.
As the Magi brought gifts to Jesus it was not simply because it was socially appropriate or what they were suppose to do. There was more to it. They came to worship the child. Jesus to them was more than just another infant. There was something special about this child. While the Magi could not completely put their finger on it, something was different. Was Jesus to be truly the King of the Jews? The Magi came to Jesus with items that was of value to show how much they cared about this child Jesus. It was an outward response to an inner working in their lives.
As we approach Christmas and the many worship service that will be held the next couple of days, do we come in worship? Or do you come simply because that is what your family does? We come and gather in these times to worship and give back to show what this season means to us. As we come to worship, truly give yourselves. Just as we gave gifts and gestures to the loves in our lives, we must do the same with the God of the Universe we came to this world for you and me.