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.
Not only does a journey of worship involve being intentional but a:
5. Journey of worship involves SACRIFICE. Vs 11
What if worship is not a matter of what we get out of worship, but what we give? Has out modern form of worship become more of a show than a sacrifice? How often do we say, “I liked the worship?” It’s easy to make worship about me, my likes and preferences but the real question is did God like it? When our worship becomes a performance created to make us feel good it’s not worship its worldliness. This is the goal of the world to elevate self. It is a system that is constantly performing for a feel good. In contrast we see that the Wise men were not only intentional when it came to seeking the Savior, but they came prepared to worship Him. They brought gifts worthy of who Jesus was. It has been said the Gold was given because it was fitting for a king. Gold has obvious worth. It is a gift fit for royalty and God deserves the very best that we can bring. But what if it wasn’t what we would call gold? The Balm of Gilead was a rare perfume used medicinally, and was so expensive it was referred to as liquid gold. But why would Wise men bring this. We know about the Frankincense and Myrrh and while physical gold seems fitting for a King what if it was really the Balm of Gilead? Interestingly the three ingrediency needed to anoint the coming Messiah were Frankincense, Myrrh and the Balm of Gilead. But regardless of whether this was real gold or the liquid gold of the Balm of Gilead these Wise men came prepared to give gifts fitting of the one they came to worship. Was there a price to be paid for the wise men’s worship? You bet. They had given themselves to a journey. Travel in those days was not very comfortable – in fact it could be downright dangerous. The wise men had sacrificed their own comfort to find the king and worship Him. Listen to what David said about sacrifice: “I will not offer to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost [me] nothing.” 2 Samuel 24:24. What about us are we sacrificially worshiping or is our worship based more on us, what we get out of it and how we feel? Am I giving God my first fruits or my leftovers? Romans says it this way: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1. To truly worship requires sacrifice. The greatest gift – the greatest sacrifice – you can give to God is yourself. We often talk about giving God your treasure and while that is important giving Him your time is greater. You can always make more money, but you can’t make more time. I think what God wants most of all – above everything else is ME. What if we would give ourselves this Christmas what if we would give Him not just money but me? After all what greater cause could you invest your life in than the cause of Christ? The efforts you make to worship God is your sacrifice to Him. But here is a fact I want you all to remember today, God wants your heart – He wants your attention – 24/7 – the question to ask is: What am I willing to give Him? Am I willing to give Him my best? Am I willing to go on a spiritual journey to worship Him? Am I willing to give up my comfort zone to follow Christ? The wise men were – are you?