“They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” Matthew 2:11, NLT
This verse from the new testament of the Bible is referring to the magi from the East / wise men / kings… in reality with an abidance of historical documentation on these men, we don’t fully know for sure who they were or what titles they possessed. (Check out a very detailed article entitled, “Magi, Wise Men, or Kings? It’s Complicated” by Chad Ashby, Christianity Today)
What we can be certain of is that these men traveled afar, following only a star to worship a king. They followed a star for more than a year across mountains and deserts, bringing very expensive gifts to show their respect, and they bowed down to demonstrate their devotion to a baby and his family; they came to “worship him”. Most biblical scholars agree that these educated, wealthy men did not necessarily have a previous commitment or belief in this “new born king of the Jews” (Matthew 2:2)
Does any of this cause you to scratch your head a little bit and make you wonder what was motivating these men to follow a star and bow down to a baby?
Everyday, we “bow down” to something or someone. We pledge our allegiance to something or someone. We put our hope and trust in something or someone. We symbolically worship stuff, ideologies, personalities and investments.
As followers of Jesus, we must bow down and worship our King. We must follow and offer our lives as a living sacrifice to the one who sacrificed His life for us. We must give our greatest and best gifts to honor our Lord and Savior.
Who or what are you bowing down to, and are you finding satisfaction and fulfillment with your choice?