Bearing gifts, they traversed afar, following yonder star
As we wind down the holiday season of Christmas and start to pack away our decorations, one should be reflecting on the three gifts that the Magi give us in principles.
God Gives Us Magi
The term magi is the precise Greek word used in Matthew’s gospel. His story demonstrates that the Magi were astrologers and interpreters of omens—following a star and dreaming dreams. In our every day lives God brings magi into our lives. They are the truth tellers who observe our lives and speak to us in loving terms. They want to find the truth and give it sacredly. In our lives the most sacred time we have is over coffee and meals. We engage with each other the breaking of bread. Listen wisely everyday.
We Are To Offer Our Precious Gifts As Return To The Kingdom
Some theology folks see the Magii’s gifts as a return of Jerusalem’s treasuries from exile. As these kings travel the road from Babylon in the East to Jerusalem, they bring back the gold, frankincense, and myrrh stolen so many years before from David’s house. For you and I this is the gifting of personal talents. We can do this in two ways: blessing others and building His kingdom. God doesn’t give us anything just for our own benefit. So if God made you an amazing singer, sing for Him. If your talent is a little less conventional—maybe you’re good with numbers or with writing code—then find a way to translate that into a job for a God-honoring company or ministry.
Whatever it is don’t squander it.