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Waiting For Proof?

The Magi were likely wealthy, powerful men from the big city of Parthia. They had the world at their fingertips, but “when they saw the star, they were overjoyed” (Matthew 2:10). Imagine the most powerful CEOs in America leaving their jobs to travel across country and bring gifts to a stranger’s baby. The Magi’s journey was an unprecedented trip! These men followed a star for thousands of miles to see the baby who would become king of the Jews.

When the Magi found Jesus, He was in a cave surrounded by animals. Jesus’s parents were not royal and the setting was not majestic. But the Magi didn’t care. When they approached Jesus, they knelt and gave Him rare and expensive gifts: gold, frankincense and myrrh. Before Jesus healed the sick, preached the gospel or raised the dead, the Magi worshipped Him. They gave Jesus their best without expecting anything in return.

How often do we approach Jesus with the opposite attitude? We want proof that God will provide before we’re willing to give. We want proof that Jesus is trustworthy before we’re willing to follow Him. The Magi didn’t need proof, because they understood something we often forget: Jesus deserves our worship not just because of what He’s done but because of who He is.

Reflect

  • How has God already proven Himself  trustworthy and faithful to you? 
  • The Magi gave as a way of worshipping Jesus. Is giving part of your worship? If not, what is God calling you to give?

 

Nighttime in a shepherd's field in Bethlehem

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