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Worthy Is The Lamb
12/12/2017

And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Matthew 2:11 (NKJV)

When I think back upon all the gifts I have been given over the course of my life, I can truly see how much I have been blessed. One of my greatest memories was receiving my first Schwinn Stingray bicycle one Christmas day when I was in second grade.  I remember sitting in the garage, so patiently waiting to ride it because it was raining outside.  I know my parents saw the light in my eyes when they watched me receiving it from them. They felt I was worthy of this gift and they were blessed to give it. 

My wife Carol and I have given our two daughters many gifts over the years as well, and we feel amazingly blessed when we see their eyes light up as they receive their gifts.  I would have to think God feels this way too when He watched His Son Jesus being worshipped and given beautiful gifts as a young child.

In the Book of Matthew we can see the story of the three wise men bringing expensive gifts to Jesus — gifts worthy for a future King.  Additionally these gifts can be seen as symbols of Christ’s identity and what He would accomplish. Gold was a gift for a king and incense was a gift for deity (2 Sam. 8:10), while frankincense was the spice used by priests (Ex. 30:37), and myrrh was a spice for a person who was going to die (Mk 15:23; Jn. 19:39). These magi knew Jesus was the Messiah to be martyred, so as they presented these gifts to Jesus they also worshiped Him for who He was. 

It should be the same for us as Christian men and women — we should be willing to worship our Lord for who He is, and we should be willing to give Him what is valuable to us, because He is worthy of our best.  We must understand that true worship is costly, as it will utilize everything we have, including our time, abilities, and resources. 

By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 1 John 3:16 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to think about how you can worship the Lord by selflessly giving what you have to others. It may be you take some time to invest into a relationship with someone who needs to be mentored.  It may be you find a place in your church to serve the body of believers.  It may mean you have to go outside of your comfort zone, and we need to know this is okay.  The most important thing is that you are doing it all as an act of worship; you are showing God how grateful you are to Him for what He has done and is continuing to do in your life. When you do these things unto the least of these, you are doing it unto the Lord — The Lamb of God — and He is worthy.

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 John 3:16, how do we know Love?  What should we do because of this knowledge?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: What is the most precious thing you could give to the body of God as an act of worship to Jesus?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Lay down everything you find valuable at the feet of Jesus.  Dedicate everything you have to serving Him. This starts with your life and includes your spouse, your children, your business, your work, your talent, your hobby, and your money. Ask the Lord how He would have you use it for His glory.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for Your many gifts to me Lord, including the gift of forgiveness, grace, mercy, love, and salvation. Thank You for my family and friends. Guide me in how to serve others in a way pleasing to You. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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