“On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.” (Matthew 2:11)
What will you bring to the Lord? What does He require of you as His due?
Well, it must be an honest gift. No space here for hypocrisy and flattery. It must be something that truly reflects your most honest desire. And it must be especially appropriate, reflecting who He is, too.
And such were these gifts. They were prophetic and represented both Lord and giver. Do you see that note of selection? “They opened their treasures and presented him…”
They were picking out the perfect thing!
Gold as befits a king. Incense as befits a priest and a worshipper. Myrrh as symbolises a man, a suffering man, and a prophet. Prophet, priest and king. Such were their gifts.
And such things reflect not only the Lord but the giver too. For you too are royalty, if you belong to the king, and if, by the Spirit, you “reign in life” (Romans 5:17). And yet you always only a servant, awaiting your “Well done” and clothed in mortality. Myrrh for you.
“Royalty is your identity. Servanthood is your assignment” (Bill Johnson). But last, and perhaps most wonderful, incense reflects the intimacy of your walk with Jesus. It is that worshipping intimacy that strengthens you day by day.
These are your Christmas gifts.