Dec 14 Advent Devotion: The Sacrifice of Praise

Olu JegedeDevotional

Matthew 2:10-11
10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 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.
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The wisemen finally arrived at their destination being guided by the heavenly star. Months, and some scholars says years of preparation (because Jesus, may have been an infant, since he was no longer in manger, but in the house) would finally be rewarded, by seeing the glorious messiah.

Upon their gazing on Him, they bowed down and worshipped, presenting Him with befitting gifts. These were to be sure costly, and traditionally were suited for bestowing upon kings. Not only had they sacrificed their time by giving our Lord priority, now they offer Him material goods, to substantiate their heartfelt worship.

This historic scene of the wise men’s encounter with Jesus is a picture of true worship, whereby if truly one esteems God for who He is, it must be followed by a tangible sacrifice. This picture of worship is well painted in the Old Testament. For their worship not only consisted of heartfelt verbal adoration, but also included giving of sacrificial offerings, that would cost the worshipper something. A bull, a lamb, a goat, produce of the land and so forth where items that would accompany worship of God.

Can I ask you, what costly gift will accompany your worship of the king this Christmas? In fact, if you were to be present that day over 2000 years ago, when Christ was born, what would you bring along? It could be a sacrifice of your precious schedule, to commit to serving Him in some fashion, or spending time with those that are in need of company at His behest, giving of funds for a worthy cause, and so forth. Again, true worship emanates from the heart, and is complimented by something precious in your hand. As you meet Jesus this Christmas ask him to reveal to you what gift you need to bestow upon Him, and willingly do it so that just as the wise men were overjoyed at seeing Christ, your joy will be complete

– Pastor Olu Jegede