Matthew 2:10-11 says, When the wise men saw the star, they were filled with joy. They went to the house where the child was and saw him with his mother, Mary. They bowed down and worshiped the child. They opened the gifts they brought for him. They gave him treasures of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
There are various thoughts around the significance of the gifts that the Wise Men brought. Frankincense is a resin from a tree that smells nice when it burns. It can symbolise worship of a deity or god.
Myrrh is also from a tree and was used to embalm dead bodies. It may point to the significance of Jesus' death. In John 19 it tells us that Joseph of Arimathea brought myrrh and aloes to embalm Jesus' body after he died.
Gold was typically give to kings symbolising that Jesus was the King of the Jews.
Romans 12:1 says, Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer. The only gift that we can offer God is our lives. The rest of chapter 12 gives us some clues how to do this:
What 'gifts' have you offered God this week? What else could you offer him?
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.