Wednesday, 16 January 2019

The 4th Gift of the Magi

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"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 (Treasure Chests) and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh." - Matthew 2:11

Ask anyone what 3 gifts the Magi brought to Jesus and most of us would be able to tell you - Gold, Incense and Myrrh. However, if you had to ask the question: "What did they do before they gave Jesus the gifts?" - then we would take a little longer to reply. 

This is why I feel that somehow we have got stuck on the 3 gifts that the Magi presented to Jesus and have subtly missed the FOURTH gift.  In fact, the 4th Gift is the very first action of the Wise-men. They bowed down in front of Jesus and acknowledged him as a ruler and King. Their gift of worship inspired their generous gifts of gold, incense and myrrh. 

As we still come to terms with a new year, let us offer Jesus our gift of WORSHIP as a starting point. From then on, we can open our Treasure Chests and bring everything else to him.

Living in Grace

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