The star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 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. (Matthew 2:9–11, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Have you ever exchanged gifts at Christmas only to discover that the gift you gave was much less expensive than the one you received? It probably left you wishing for a “do over.” Of course, we cannot out give God. His ultimate gift of eternal life through Jesus’ death on the cross. And we certainly cannot repay Him. But what gift can we give Him?
Might I suggest the following: “I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?” “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:35–40, NIV 1984).
I know most if not all of us are eager to turn the page on 2020. Looking forward to gaining the upper hand on Covid-19, being able to visit friends and family once again, travel and dine out. While I certainly agree with all of these, I think it would be far better for everyone to once again treat each other with, courtesy, respect and compassion. Even if we disagree on just about everything. I think that Christ would probably consider such people to be among the “least of these” in our lives.
My Advice – Have a Merry Christmas! Seriously consider giving the above gift to God on a regular basis in 2021. There are those in our lives that might appreciate it too. But even if they do not, do it for God. It’s the least we can do to show our gratitude for His gift to us.