The Magi’s Reasons to Worship
Worship in Action
Scripture Reading: James 2:14-19
Key Verses: Matthew 2:11-12
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. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
In my opinion, the Magi did a lot of things right in their worship of the King. We have noted so far that they were students of the Word which led to knowing about a star in the first place. Their earnest search of the scriptures taught them about the eventual coming of a “King of the Jews.” These wise men also understood that to find this King was a tremendous privilege, so they brought gifts to present to Him!
Today, in the last word we read about the Magi, we find one more element of worship: Obedience in their actions. They had made plans to return to the Roman king, King Herod, to tell him about their discovery, but the night before they were to leave Jesus, they were warned in a dream not to go back to Herod. They obeyed this instruction from God, despite the fact they were taking a huge chance that King Herod would come after them for disobeying his request.
Worship is never authentic without the worshipper’s obedience in the actions of their daily lives. Real worship is not exclusive to Sunday morning’s song service. When church attendees sing praise choruses, raising their hands, yet live in disobedience through the week, worship is diminished. Authentic worship is a balanced blend of head knowledge of God, heart passion for His kingdom, and obedience to the precepts of God’s Word.
Father, please help me be a true worshipper that you are pleased with. Remind me when I get out of balance. In Jesus’ Name, I pray, Amen.