What Do I Give Him?
“This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”
1 Timothy 2:3-4 (NIV)
Forgive the pun, but have you ever been asked the burning question, “If your house was on fire, what would you rescue excluding family members and pets?” Some would respond with ‘my photographs,’ others might say ‘my diamonds or some item of great sentimental value given as a gift.’ We place sentimental value on the strangest things, often depending on who gave us the gift – perhaps a beloved relative or friend who is no more.
When Jesus Christ was a toddler, the Magi who had travelled from the east brought gifts for the child who was and is the Messiah, Saviour of the world. These gifts were divinely appropriate—the three gifts had a spiritual meaning: gold as a symbol of kingship on earth, frankincense (incense) as a symbol of deity, and myrrh (an embalming oil) as a symbol of death. No doubt Joseph and Mary would cherish these gifts, perhaps recognising their significance.
Just suppose, if you will, that you were a visitor to the stable, what would you bring as a gift? Each of us know people for whom gift shopping is well-nigh impossible, who seem to have everything. How much more difficult would it be to find a gift to bring to the manger? This was the Son of God in infant form, but nonetheless the Creator of all things. He made the most precious substances on the planet: gold, diamonds, precious gems etc. What do you bring the King of Kings? Could there be something very special that God actually desires?
The answer is to be found in Psalm 51:17 (NLT), “The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.” Jesus matured into manhood and then submitted to cruelly dying on the cross for us, only to rise from the tomb, and in so doing, won the victory over death for all of us. What does He, the God of the universe, want from us? The answer is a humble spirit and a repentant heart.
Let us approach, not the manger but the very throne of God, bringing our gifts of submissiveness and meekness with sincerity and gratitude. He will be delighted!
Loving Father, thank you for the gift of all gifts, your Son Jesus. Your love and mercy knows no bounds. We are so thankful that eternal life does not hinge on our deeds but on your amazing love.
Study by Irene Wilson
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
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