In Matthew 2 we meet the Magi who traveled from the East (probably Persia) to worship the child Jesus.
11 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.
These wise men from another culture traveled a great distance and, on entering the presence of the child Messiah, were so overwhelmed that their natural response was to fall to their knees and offer him their greatest treasures. These represented Jesus’ kingship (gold), priesthood (frankincense), and death on the cross (myrrh, a burial spice).
In studying this story, I wondered: “What do I have to offer?” My conclusion was that we have two gifts of true value to place at Jesus’ feet.
First, we can Worship. We can sing praise to our Savior and Lord both corporately (in church) and on our own. We can begin and end our day with hands and voice raised in honor of our king.
Second, we can offer our Will. God gave us free will. We are free to choose him or self. The self-choice is called pride and is the most basic sin, the root of the mess that surrounds us. When we surrender the will he gave us by submitting it back to Jesus, we are rewarded with freedom to live in peace with an unshakeable joy.
Unlike the Magi, these are not one-time gifts. We offer our two Ws with each new sunrise. In this new year, try pursuing a deeper relationship with Jesus through the daily offerings of Will and Worship. I know that great blessings await you. Happy 2017!