Advent Devotional for Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Christmas Characters: The Wise Men

Suggested reading: Matthew 2:1-12

In this scripture, the Wise Men, guided by a star, find Jesus, and “when they saw the child… they bowed down and worshipped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts.”

We, too, have been guided to Jesus, not by star but by the light of His presence in our hearts and lives. So, as we enter this Christmas season, as we worship Him, shouldn’t we, too, “Open our treasures and present Him with gifts?” But what gift does one give to the King of Kings or, in today’s vernacular, “the man who has everything?” Obviously, Jesus has no need of tangible objects. So let’s ask Him what He wants.

“What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)

“Which is the greatest commandment? To love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and mind … and to love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39)

“… I was hungry, and you gave me food, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit…. Whatever you did for one of the least of these, you did for ME [emphasis added].” (Matthew 25:35-45)

These passages help us to learn that the gift Jesus wants most is our love and devotion to God. And very closely related is the gift we give Him in our love for our neighbor. God gave us the gift of eternal life through His grace and salvation through Jesus Christ—a gift of love. His desire for our gift to Him is our dedication to demonstrate that gift of love every day, not only to Him, but to those around us.

Jim Harrison