Unspeakable Joy Devotional

December 16th

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Where Is Your Treasure? Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Matthew 2:9-12 “When they had heard the king, they departed: and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.” You know, when we see manager scenes with wise men we often see three of them, each carrying a single gift. This passage, however, paints a slightly different picture for us. First, we don’t really know how many magi there were. Tradition says three, probably because of the three gifts listed, but scripture doesn’t keep count. Second, it seems they brought more than just a few gifts.

Matthew 2:11 says, “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.”

On seeing Christ, their first reaction was worship. After worshipping Him, they opened their treasures to Him. Worship has a way of preparing our hearts to present Him with gifts. Rather than just hand Him the one thing they had each brought, they opened all their treasures to Him, giving Him very valuable gifts. It’s doubtful they traveled all that way risking their lives by angering Herod, and then gave Him a small token of affection. They lavished their gifts upon Him for they realized God was lavishing a great gift on them.

What are your treasures? Money? Time? Family? Open them to Him. Don’t hold back, hiding what you really have. Open the bag of blessings He’s given you and let Him choose the gift He desires. Then give it gladly for He gave himself for You.

Matthew 6:19-21 “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” What treasures are you storing up, and where are you storing them? Search your heart in prayer. Is there any area of your life that you’re holding back from Him? Open it and give it gladly! Worship Him as the wise men did.

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