Thursday, December 22nd, 2011
Birthday Gifts For Jesus: Gold
And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Matthew 2:11 (NKJV)
Upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on His Head a golden crown.
Revelation 14:14 (KJV)
'You shall fall down and worship the gold image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up; and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace' (Daniel 3:5-6).
Of all the substances on earth, gold is the one most clearly associated with good and evil. It represents the best and the worst we can become.
Consider this: gold is 'the most malleable of all the metals' (Science Dictionary). It is also 'something precious, beautiful, and noble' (Random House Dictionary). Are we gold to God?
Being 'malleable' means we can be shaped. The direction of our conformance, becoming good or evil, depends on our choices.
Three wise men chose to give their gold to Jesus over 2000 years ago. They traveled a great distance in unfamiliar territory to meet the King of kings. Wise men today do the same.
They give their best to God out of love and appreciation. They go whatever distance is necessary. Once received, God uses their gifts to help others. Not only that, but He gives back to the givers more than they give to Him. I call it supernatural returns.
Actors, models, and talent for Christ have another kind of gold: it is a 'Talent of pure gold' (Exodus 25:39). By investing their talent in the world, they showcase the riches of God. When others want to follow them into His kingdom, they bring gold to the King.
And so it continues...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Birthday Gifts For Jesus series.