How Wise Men Worship
“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.” (Matthew 2:1-2 KJV)
How determined are you today to worship Jesus? How far will you go, how much time will you invest, what price will you pay to spend quality time at His feet? Wise men pursue Him. And they do so wholeheartedly!
Thank God for the star, for the people and things that help us get to where we are going. But the star must not be the object of your desire, the focus of your attention, the goal of your pursuit. He is.
“When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.” (Matthew 2:10-11 KJV)
Worship is an act of surrender. An expression of adoration. A demonstration of love. A willingness to sacrifice. Do you worship like this?
They fell down at the sight of the young child and worshipped Him. Grown men, rich men, powerful men don’t do this. But this was no ordinary child. And no ordinary seeing. This was God wrapped in human flesh.
This was Love in action. Amazing Love–the same love that inspired the hymn writer to pen these powerful lines:
“When I survey the wondrous cross On which the Prince of glory died, My richest gain I count but loss, And pour contempt on all my pride.
Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast, Save in the death of Christ my God! All the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to His blood.
See from His head, His hands, His feet, Sorrow and love flow mingled down! Did e’er such love and sorrow meet, Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
Were the whole realm of nature mine, That were a present far too small; Love so amazing, so divine, Demands my soul, my life, my all.”
Do you agree? I do. Love so amazing, so divine, demands my all. Nothing less will do.
And so they “opened their treasures” and presented Him gifts. Worship is more than words, more than a song. Worship is giving our treasures, sacrificing our best, presentng our all as a gift to the One we adore.
Child of God, is this how you worship Him? This is what He deserves. This is what wise men do.