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


Photo courtesy of mandmwiles. Her perfect Christmas gifts became an anticipated tradition.

As a middle-schooler, my daughter began making handspun Christmas gifts for me. One year a converted cassette tape holder with childhood memorabilia. Another year, a frame with two pictures of us along with the poem, “My Daddy’s Hand.” Then a shadow box housing a picture from our trek on the Appalachian Trail, a small rock, and a Bible verse that read; The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the strength of my salvation, and my stronghold II Samuel 22:2-3. Perhaps my favorite was the homemade booklet made of construction paper and entitled, “What Hiking Means to Me.”  During college, when her life grew busy, the gifts stopped, but as her life settled, the gifts resumed.

Perhaps what the wise men brought to the boy child Jesus didn’t appear to be perfect gifts, but for a future king they were appropriate. Gold suited kings and would certainly help a poor family finance future trips to Egypt and Nazareth. Frankincense was fit for deity, which Jesus was. Myrrh was a spice appropriate for a person who was going to die. He would in a few brief years.

I look forward to my daughter’s perfect Christmas gifts each year. More importantly, I must consider what should be my perfect gift to the Savior who has given His life for me. My gifts should not only be presented at Christmas but offered throughout the year. The gifts He craves from me are undivided loyalty and love that I extend to others from my heart, soul, and mind. I may not have metals and spices, but I can give a cup of cold water in His name.

What gift can you give Jesus this Christmas season?

(Photo courtesy of mandmwiles.)

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Martin Wiles

Martin Wiles is a minister, author, speaker, and freelance editor currently living in Greenwood, South Carolina. He and his wife Michelle are founders of Love Lines From God (www.lovelinesfromgod.com), a devotional ministry helping those who want to enhance their spiritual journey with Christ. His latest book, Grits & Grace & God, is available at Amazon.