The Hidden Gifts of the Wise Men
Pastor Elwin Ahu
"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... and presented Him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh." (Matt. 2:10-11 NIV)
- Gifts that require SACRIFICE.
"This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you." (John 15:12-14)
- Undeserved FRIENDSHIP & FORGIVENESS.
- TOGETHERNESS & TIME.
Gifts that last: CHANGE.
"And having been warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod, the magi left for their own country by another way." (Matt. 2:12)
"But when the people of the land come before the Lord...he who enters by way of the north gate to worship shall go out by way of the south gate. And he who enters by way of the south gate shall go out by way of the north gate. No one shall return by way of the gate by which he entered..." (Ezek. 46:9)
- New MEMORIES.
- Godly LEGACY.
Gifts of URGENCY.
"Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away." (James 4:14)
They were going to be all they wanted to be, tomorrow.
None would be braver or kinder than they, tomorrow.
A friend who was troubled and wearied they knew,
Would be glad for a life and needed it too
And on him they would call and see what they could do, tomorrow.
Each morning they stacked up the letters they'd write, tomorrow.
And thought of the folks that they would fill with delight, tomorrow.
The greatest of people they just might have been.
The world would have opened its heart up to them.
But in fact, they passed on and faded from view,
And all they had left when their living was through,
Was a mountain of things they intended to do, tomorrow.