the gift that keeps giving

O star of wonder, star of night
star with royal beauty bright
westward leading, still proceeding
guide us to thy perfect light

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understand; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3.5-6 NIV

It’s often difficult for people to understand that Jesus was born just like us. He wasn’t born in aec0a0944fcddc228e81e7188d91e0220 luxurious place or a fancy hospital. He was born outside, in a stable. He came into a world filled with sin, yet he lived an absolutely perfect life. He came to lead us, and guide us into a loving relationship with God.

When I hear this song, I’m reminded of the wise men’s example of what complete submission to God look likes. The moment they saw that star, they likely dropped everything they were doing and embarked on a long, difficult journey. These men had no idea where they were going, but placed their complete trust in that star and that it would lead to where they needed to be. They devoted everything in seeking the Messiah no matter the cost. They gave of themselves just as Christ gave of Himself.

That is the gift that keeps on giving.

No material possession costs more than the time and love we invest in one another and in our relationship with God. Nothing costs more than giving something of value (even material value) up.

Are there areas of your life that you need to surrender to God? Recall the last time you submitted something to God. What happened? What did He do?

What would it look like in our lives if we would drop everything the way the wise men did and devote our lives to Jesus? What would it look like to live our lives in such a way that the material possessions we do own have little to no value in comparison to what we have in Christ?

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