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Matthew 2

September 8, 2009 Leave a comment

Matthew 2

Magi were people from modern-day Iran who read the stars in an attempt to control their fate as foretold by the stars. The Magi in Matthew 2 followed a special star to the infant Jesus. When they found him, they gave him gifts and worshipped him.

There are a couple of really cool things in this story. First, the Magi were not Jews. In other words, they did not believe in the God of the Bible. However, God used this star to show them that someone very special had been born. And when they found the Son of God, they worshipped him.

That is the second interesting fact. You see, when we think of worship, we probably think of sitting in a pew (or maybe a chair) and singing songs and listening to people pray and preach. But I don’t think this is what the Magi did when they found Jesus.

The word used here which is translated “worship” literally means to “bow down” and perhaps even “to kiss the hand.” The Magi realized they were in the presence of someone greater than themselves. They may not have understood everything about Jesus, but they knew that they should bow before him.

How have you responded to Jesus? Do you truly “worship” him? Are you humbled before him? Do you bow to him and shower him with gifts?gift

Think about the “gifts” you can give to Jesus this week: Giving money at church or to a charity; telling someone something encouraging; doing something for your parents without them asking; telling someone about Jesus; volunteering for a charity or at church; giving blood; donating clothes, food, or toys; mowing or raking an elderly person’s yard; talking to someone who looks lonely; inviting a friend to church. Feel free to add to this list. Try to do at least one thing each day this week. And when you do it, do it to please Jesus.

 

Prayer for Today

(Kneel down and bow your head toward the ground)

Jesus, I bow before you in worship. I know you are special and worthy of my praise. I pray that I will worship you with my life, that my life may be a gift to you. Help me to honor you with my words, my actions, and even my thoughts. I pray that others will worship you because of the way I honor you with my life. Amen.

 

“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” James 4.10