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What Makes a Wise Man?

By Kerry Stitch

“And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary his Mother, and fell down and worshiped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts unto him: gold, frankincense and myrrh” (Matt. 2:11)

Listen to almost any retelling of the Christmas story and you will no doubt be reminded of the importance of the wise men, even if some disagree as to their arrival time. If it makes you feel better, don’t place them in the manger of your nativity scene, but a ways off as en route to Bethlehem. Either way, let’s not miss their message and desirable characteristics.

• They sought Him. They didn’t settle for knowing about Him. They didn’t check their appointments, consider a proxy or make excuses for convenience and comfort. They went, guided by the original GPS (God’s Providential System). Yes, these highly intelligent, important Magi paused for what was (and is) the best use of their time.

• They were led by God’s Word. The prophet Micah had told them the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem, and their most appropriate, immediate response upon arrival was worship. They didn’t post their attendance to social media, tag themselves in an exclusive photo shoot or attempt to gain access to Jesus for personal or political gain. Their overflowing hearts of gratitude simply needed His presence. Isn’t that what most of us want for Christmas or for any enjoyable moment — just to be in the presence of those we love?

• They gave their best. No regifting was appropriate for this setting. It wasn’t just the thought that counted… it was of supreme importance to only consider their best treasures as offerings. In a culture that breeds greed and selfishness, sacrificial giving is going to preach without needing words.

In the coming days when you pack up your nativity scenes, leave out and handy the timeless principles emulated by those early supportive characters in the Christmas story. You might just resemble a modern-day wise man or woman.