As I have been doing Christmas devotions, I am getting so much valuable insight. We hear the story of the wisemen all the time, we hear about their gifts, but have we ever concentrated on those gifts? I don't mean, what the gifts actually were, but what they represented. These gifts were the best of the best of what the wisemen had to offer. They came directly from their personal treasures. These were not lefts overs or sale items. Do you get the gist here? How often have we come to Christ with our left overs? We "squeeze" Him in to our daily lives or sometime only weekly lives. Here we had men that gave up their lives, to travel to the unknown for an unknown period of time to give their very best to a child they have never met. Wow, that is a story of faith we don't hear of today so much. When we think of the story of the wisemen, we aren't always thinking of them in terms of their faith, they are just part of a story. So ask yourself, I am giving Jesus Left overs or my very best?
O - These wisemen, these Magi, gave Jesus their very best. They took gifts from their treasure chests. They didn't just give Him any old thing, they took the best of what they had and turned it over to our King.
A - Jesus deserves my best. I will always work to give Him myself at my best, not only at my worst. I realize He will accept me no matter what, but that does not mean that is what He deserves. I need to learn to always serve Him with all that I am, not with what is left over.
P - Father, I thank you for always allowing me to show up just as I am but I ask in prayer that you continually show me how to come to you when I am at my very best as well. Father teach me how to be a "wiseman" In Jesus Name, Amen.