As I sit here by the fire on this chilly Christmas night, surrounded by people I love, reflecting on the beautiful gift of Christmas and the story of Jesus’ birth, I can’t help but be drawn to the role of the magi.
Three men- wise men- were drawn to Jesus as a baby. He was born to be the Savior of the world, a perfect gift from God to all people. But they did something so different from the rest of the people who came to see Jesus at his birth. While the shepherds came to admire and accept God’s gift, which is a truly beautiful thing, the wisemen took it a step further.
The wisemen came to accept God’s gift, but they also brought him their most precious gifts. Gold, incense, and myrrh they brought him. Those were the finest gifts of their day, and they brought them to the sweet baby Jesus to honor Him. To Jesus, who would end up giving up His life for them, for all of us, they brought their most expensive gifts.
What can we take from this somewhat overlooked part of the Christmas story? Surely there’s something we can learn from these smart and wise men. On the very first Christmas night, they brought a gift to God. So here, on this 2017th Christmas night, I ask you as well as myself, what gift can we bring to God today, tomorrow, the rest of the season to honor Jesus’ birth?
As a broke graduate student, I don’t have much to offer in the way of material goods. But maybe, like the little drummer boy, who had nothing but still wanted to bring a gift, maybe we can bring our talents. Maybe we can bring our time, to volunteer, to serve. Maybe we can bring a listening ear and a home cooked meal to a lonely neighbor. Maybe we can leave a loving note to someone we cherish and appreciate. Maybe we take a week to pray and fast for someone who needs it.
Whatever we do, whatever we choose, I pray that we all give a gift back this Christmas season to the one who gave us His everything.