Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh…. (Matt 2:11).
When the Magi came to visit the Christ child they did not come seeking Him for a blessing, but instead, they simply came to worship Him. Offering up their treasures to Him. Can I be really honest? Sometimes, I want to hold onto my treasures or I want Jesus to fill my life with more of them. I don’t like the idea of giving up my treasures to Jesus. I want Him to fill my hands instead.
Yet, the Magi remind us that offering up our treasures to Jesus allows us to receive Him for all He is. It keeps us from holding on too tightly to things that we set up in our hearts as treasures that are too important for our lives.
Jesus is truly the greatest treasure, but its really hard for me to believe that sometimes. Honestly, I want what He can give me more than I long for His presence. I don’t like letting go, because I want more. Yet, God is teaching me that empty hands are hands ready to simply receive His love. His sustaining, life-giving peace and His love that brings gladness and joy to the heart.
This Christmas season, offer up your treasures to Jesus. They all belong to Him anyway. There’s no reason to hold onto them. Truly, He has better treasures to give us if we’d just let go of the ones we’re clinging to so tightly.
Jesus, you are the greatest treasure and you deserve my worship. You deserve full residency in my heart. Yet, there are idols there. There are doubt and fear. There are anger and unbelief. Forgive me for following the foolish ways of my heart and holding onto my treasures too tightly. Reshape and reform those treasures today God. I have your love. Redeem all those things I have given to you and restore them fully. Lord, I am thankful that as I offer my treasures to you that I can have the greatest treasure returned to me, which is your love. Thank you, you are so good, in Jesus name, Amen.