I love the story of the magi found in Matthew 2:1-12, they brought their best to the King. Here’s what we learn about them in a few short verses. The magi modeled four things:
They sought the truth.
“If you seek me with all your heart you will find me.” If you are genuinely serious about knowing the truth, you can’t miss it. Because God’s not going to let you miss it.
They were willing to go to any lengths to find it.
These guys were prepared to go wherever they had to, to find the truth. Verse 1 says “They had come on a long journey from the east.” So these wise men traveled thousands of miles at great expense. It cost them a lot of money and time.
They didn’t stop until they met Jesus.
The magi had to start this trip with only a prophecy and a star to tell them a King had been born. It would have been easy for them to second-guess their journey or to stop when they got to King Herod. But they kept true to what God had shown them and didn’t quit looking for the new King until they found Him, as a baby in a manger – Jesus.
They gave Jesus the best they had.
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. Certainly, the treasures the magi brought were the best worldly possessions they had to offer. But the very first thing they gave Jesus was their worship. Giving themselves was truly giving their best.
How do the magi challenge our passion in seeking God?
What does it mean to bring our best and offer it to God?
How are you bringing your best to God this Christmas?