“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 and of incense and of myrrh.” – Matt 2:11
They were not content merely to worship the King, showing him homage in word or in posture; but they also laid their gifts at his feet. It is not enough for us to sing our songs of praise to Christ, to bow before him in reverent worship, and to speak our heart’s homage in words. We should bring our gifts too, the pledges of our love, to lay at his feet.
There is a great deal of mere sentimentality in the consecration of many people. It is sentiment only; and when there is call for gifts or sacrifices, or for real services–the sentiment instantly vanishes. People sing missionary hymns with great warmth, and when the collection-plate comes to them–they sing on but allow the plate to pass by. They make prayers that God would send laborers into his vineyard, but they do not themselves respond to God’s call for laborers and errand-runners. We need to learn the lesson: that our singing and praying can never go beyond our living.
Not only did these magi bring gifts, but they brought rich and costly gifts; we should bring our best–our gold, incense, and myrrh—the alabaster box of our heart’s deepest love, and the best of all our life and service. Too often we give Christ only what is left over after we have taken all we desire for self-indulgence, or for the promotion of our own ambitions. We should always let him have the best!