It was customary in Bible times (and also today!) to bring gifts when you enter the presence of a King.
This wasn’t to be any gift, something recklessly thrown together without thought or without price. It was to be a worthy gift!
Passages of 1 Kings 4:21, 2 Kings 17:32, 2 Chronicles 17:5 and 2 Chronicles 32:23 all speak of people bringing gifts before Kings. And If you did not bring a gift to the King, it was an insult to him.
But if we so pushed to bring gifts to earthly Kings, how much more eager should we be to bring our gifts to our Heavenly King.
In old testament of Bible times, people frequently brought animals, whether a lamb, bullock, etc. as a an offering to the Lord. This sacrifice was used in atoning their sins, but people brought a sacrifice or offering of some kind when they entered the Temple. Not any animal could be offered to God. The animal had to be without any blemish or the least spottedness. This offering had to be pure.
First: Today (and because of work of Christ) God wants us to offer ourselves to him, to give Him our life for Him to use as He chooses.
Romans 12:1 says, “…Present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
Giving God our lives is the greatest gift we can give him. Beside He already gave us His best. His Son Jesus. And God wants us to receive Him. And it is very simple. Just believe on Him. Read 1 John 1:9, Romans 10:5 and John 3:16.
Second, God wants us to offer our gifts, talents unto Him for His honor and glory. God has given each of us gifts: to speak, to write, to give, to encourage. Whatever your gifts are to offer them up to God AND with all of your heart! He knows when you are giving him your best and He delights in this.
Matthew chapter 2 speaks of three wise men. These wise men were in search for the King, the Messiah of the whole world – Jesus. They had heard about Him in the prophesies. They were carrying gifts with them. And very expensive gifts I might add. They knew that a star hung above where this king was found. Matthew 2:10 says, “ When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.” They knew that they were in the presence of a King. Then they presented to Christ their gifts of gold, frankincense of and myrrh.
What gifts can you offer to Christ?