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Gifts Fit For a King (Matthew 2:11)

Hidden Nuggets Series #69 – “And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” – Matthew 2:11

fit for a kingOne of the more intriguing stories that surrounds the birth of Jesus is the visit from the Magi, the wise men from the East. We don’t know exactly where they came from (many speculate ancient Persia) and we don’t know how many there were. We do know they arrived sometime after the birth of Jesus because they came to visit Mary, Joseph and the boy at a house (Matthew 2:11) not in the stable, which many traditional scenes have depicted.

As they entered the house that day, the wise men came bearing gifts…gifts fit for a king. The Bible says as they bowed before Jesus they presented their treasures of gold, frankincense and myrrh. While to us the reader those gifts may seem spectacular, they were ordinary gifts often given to kings as tribute. The wise men recognized Jesus as such a king, a gesture whose meaning must have meant something special to the humble parents Mary and Joseph.

Many have speculated as to the symbolism of the three gifts: gold being a symbol of kingship; frankincense as a symbol of deity; myrrh as a symbol of death. To me, the message the wise men intended to send with these gifts misses the point. What we should draw from this is that they were giving something of value to be used for – as they saw it in their eyes – the King.

Our Gifts Fit for a King

Yes, we all have something of value to give. That could include money given to the local church, to a missionary or some other charitable organization doing work to help others.

When I read the Biblical terminology of “giving gifts”, my thoughts don’t always turn to money. Often I’m left pondering a different angle. Could the gifts I’m to give also refer to the talents and abilities at my disposal? Am I also freely giving of those? Am I using my gifts that are fit for a King and His use?

Have you ever thought of how you’ve been gifted? What special talents do you have? What obviously stands out as something you are good at doing?

I can teach. I have the ability to write. I’m a good listener. I can organize, lead and coach a team. I’m able to counsel people about life and spiritual issues, including those related to money. I still have decent athletic skills for someone my age. I have skills in building and a few handyman areas.

Am I using those effectively enough?

What skills am I not utilizing at all?

What talents am I not even aware of?

Am I holding back on using a gift for some reason?

Are any of my gifts and talents being used to serve others?

These are all questions I ask from time to time and am challenging you to consider today. As we draw on the dawn of a new year, lay your gifts and talents down at the feet of Jesus. Use them to advance His cause and impact people in 2015.

Questions: What are you most talented at? Which gift/talent do you wish you could utilize more? How do you plan to use your gifts and abilities in 2015?

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  1. I used to be incredibly involved in my parish’s youth ministry and would speak and lead retreats for the youth. I miss giving my talents in that way and hope to do more of that in this new year!
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  2. Cool angle, Brian. I give very little these days: time, effort, or money. But all it takes to change that is a little perspective.
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    • I understand DBF. It takes so much effort sometimes and the result of our giving is often negligible (at least as perceived by our eyes). I just continue to believe it will have an impact whether or not I see it.

  3. Surely next year, I will be more willing and open to help others in need. I will also be more sensitive and productive. When colleagues ask me for help like in copy editing, I will give more than what is expected, Never leaving the person with doubt or assuring that everything is well understood. That’s one on my lists.
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  4. I was just reading a book by Steve Harvey called Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success. In it he talks about each individual’s gifts. How we have a birth right of sorts to use it. I had to think long and hard about mine, and I think one of the reasons it’s so hard to declare to the world is it feels like bragging…or maybe someone would then react and say, “uh, yeah right, like that’s your gift.” You know, rain on your parade. But in the spirit of this blog I’d say I think one thing I have talent in is storytelling. I think that’s why there are aspects of editing I like but many I don’t, and aspects of writing I like but some I don’t. For instance I LOVE writing my blog, and writing for other blogs if I get to keep my own point of view, but the second I was hired to write about a generic boring topic, I absolutely hated it and didn’t do well. So I think there are many vehicles I use (writing, my videos, maybe speaking in the future) but storytelling is what I do best. What do you think? 🙂 What is yours?
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    • I have a similar experience when I’m forced to write something generic. If I can’t put my own personality into the post it’s far less fun to write. You definitely have a creative side that comes out in your writing and videos. I also think I’d like to get into speaking. After doing it for so many years in front of students, parents and my youth group I think I’m above average at it. Haha…there I go…bragging, right? 🙂

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