Overjoyed by the Star
In Matthew 2, we read about the Visit of the Magi. Following the star, inquiring at the king’s palace, informed by the priests where to find the Child, they traveled with determination to Bethlehem, bringing with them the gifts they planned to present as they worshiped Him. “When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house they saw the child with Mary His mother, and they fell down and worshiped Him. Then opening their treasures, they offered Him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh” (Matthew 2:10-11).
The Magi traveled a long distance to see Jesus. How long a trip are we prepared to make this Christmas to worship the Christ Child? Are we willing to put up with inconvenience and sacrifice in order that we might come before Him with our gifts, offering them in faith, as the Wise Men did?
Along with doing all the wonderful things that are good to do at this time of the year, including visiting the sick and the shut-in, baking goodies for food banks, sharing financial resources with those in need, and all the shopping and caroling and everything else, let’s find our joy in seeing the star. That star points us to Jesus and leads us to the Cross. Let us “open our treasures” and worship Him with our best and most precious gifts as the Wise Men did.
Prayer: Dear Father, help me to fix my eyes on Jesus this Advent and Christmas season. Amen.
Blessings on your journey as a steward!