“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 2:11, NIV)
The wise men were students of their age. They followed the star, found Jesus, bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts. Perhaps these were the first strategic kingdom investors in the church age.
What an example for us to follow! As students of our age, our purpose or mission is to be heavenly minded, but also earthly sensitive. We know there is a world to come, the real world. Preparation must be made to enter that world if our life is to echo into eternity.
The wise men first gave their hearts to the Lord by bowing down and worshiping him. The “star” in our life is Jesus Christ. Once the Lord has our heart, he has everything else related to us. We seek to conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel, presenting ourselves – our time, talent, and treasure – to the King. Daily, we present all of ourselves as a living sacrifice to him.
The wise people of today will first give their heart, and then open their treasure to the King! Such a life will echo into eternity.
It is most interesting that the wise men, after encountering the Lord, no longer listened to Herod, who represents the voice of this age. They departed into their world another way, indicating their lives had experienced life-change.
Today, ask yourself:
Am I truly a wise person, in the mold of the first wise men, bowing down, worshiping the King, and presenting my time, talent, and treasure to him? What steps do I need to take to follow the example of the wise men?