God's gift of Jesus Christ and salvation is the most valuable ever given. It is worth everything.

Matthew 16:26
26 What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?

Is Jesus truly more important than anything else in your life?  Would you gladly give up everything if you had to in order to have Jesus?

He is worth our attention.
   
When they came to Herod, they asked where the one was who "was born King of the Jews."  How would they know what or who they were looking for?  Not from looking at a star. God had been speaking to them. And they had been listening.

Some people never pay any attention to God.

Even some Christians rarely pay attention to Him.  Rarely read the Bible.  Rarely pray.

He is worth our obedience (our time and effort).
   
"The powerful oriental kingmakers from Persia traveled a great distance to recognize and honor a King in whose coronation they had no part, a King far greater than any they had ever, or would ever, set on a throne." John MacArthur

We must take time every day to read, pray, serve, and obey our king.

"I have found that the most extravagant dreams of boyhood have not surpassed the great experience of being in the will of God, and I believe that nothing could be better."  Jim Elliot

He is worth our worship.
11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.

They worshipped because Jesus was and still is God.

"If we yearned after God even as much as a cow yearns for her calf, we would be the worshiping and effective believers God wants us to be.  If we longed for God as a bride looks forward to the return of her husband, we would be a far greater force for God than we are now."  A. W. Tozer

He is worth our best, vs. 11.
Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.

The magi gave the best gifts they had.  Expensive gifts.

    In 1994 two Americans answered an invitation from the Russian Department of Education to teach morals and ethics (based on Biblical principles) in the public schools. They were invited to teach at prisons, businesses, the fire and police departments, and a large orphanage.
    It was nearing the holiday season for the orphans to hear for the first time the traditional Christmas story. They told them about Mary and Joseph arriving in Bethlehem and finding no room in the inn, the couple went to a stable, where Jesus was born and placed in the manger.
    Throughout the story, the children, according to one of the Americans, "sat in amazement as they listened. Some sat on the edges of their stools, trying to grasp every word."
    As a follow-up activity to the story, each child was given three small pieces of cardboard to make a crude manager. Each child was also given a small paper square, cut from yellow napkins which the children tore into strips the paper and carefully laid them in the manger for straw. Small squares of flannel from a thrown away nightgown were used for the baby's blanket. From pieces of tan felt a doll-like baby was made.
    As they made their way around the room to observe the children this is what one of the Americans noted, "All went well until I got to one table where little Misha sat. He looked to be about 6 years old and had finished his project.
    As I looked at the little boy's manger, I was startled to see, not one but two babies in the manger. Quickly, I called for the translator to ask the lad why there were two babies in the manger."
    The observer goes on to note that Misha very accurately recalled the story that had been told until he came to the part where Mary put Jesus in the manger. "Then Misha," it is noted, "started to ad-lib. He made up his own ending to the story as he said, "And when Maria laid the baby in the manger, Jesus looked at me and asked me if I had a place to stay. I told him I have no momma and I have no papa, so I don't have any place to stay.
    Then Jesus told me I could stay with him. But I told him I couldn't because I didn't have a gift to give him like everybody else did. But I wanted to stay with Jesus so much, so I thought about what I had that maybe I could use for a gift. I thought maybe if I kept him warm, that would be a good gift.
    So I asked Jesus, "If I keep you warm, will that be a good enough gift?" And Jesus told me, "If you keep me warm, that will be the best gift anybody ever gave me. So I got into the manger, and then Jesus looked at me and he told me I could stay with him - for always."
    As little Misha finished his story, his eyes brimmed full of tears that splashed down his little cheeks. Putting his hand over his face, his head dropped to the table and his shoulders shook as he sobbed and sobbed. The little orphan had found someone who would never abandon or abuse him, someone who would stay with him - FOR ALWAYS!"

When we give God our best, we are ready to receive back His best for us.

"I have never met a soul who has set out to satisfy the Lord and has not been satisfied
himself"  Watchman Nee

I gave them to Him,
All the things I'd valued so
Until I stood there empty-handed.
Every glittering toy did go.
And I walked earth's lonely highways
In my rags and poverty;
Till I heard His voice entreating,
"Lift your empty hands to Me."
Empty hands I lifted to Him,
And He filled them with a store
Of His own transcendent riches
Till my hands could hold no more.
And at last I comprehended,
With my mind so slow and dull,
That God could not pour His riches
Into hands already full.

Check out the other messages in this series
The Gift Worth Waiting For
The Gift Worth Understanding
The Gift Worth Everything
The gift Worth Sharing


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Matthew 2:1-12
1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him." 3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. 5 "In Bethlehem in Judea," they replied, "for this is what the prophet has written: 6 "'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.'" 7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8    He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him." 9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

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