Can you imagine a group of skilled and learned men of the world traveling thousands of miles to find a child? It’s mind-boggling to envision wealthy Magi falling down prostrate before a baby, and it always leads me to wonder what prompted their humble and submissive posture. No matter what their background, it’s clear that they were not just curious, they were completely convinced that this young boy was worthy of their praise. In fact, the word translated “worship” in this Scripture denotes a demonstrative expression of reverence to another. Somehow, despite being versed in paganism, astrology, and mathematics, the Light of the World dawned in the hearts of these men and persuaded them that He was worthy of their adoration. When they set the entirety of their focus on seeking and finding this new King, the Lord met them in their determination, just like He does with us.
While there are many things to be learned from the story of the Magi, one of the most important is that there is power in earnestly pursuing the Lord. Though you may have to journey to experience His fullness, when you set your heart on dwelling in His presence, your life finds its worth. Perhaps this is why Jeremiah 29:13 says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” There is no greater pursuit than looking for Jesus, because you will always find Him. As you diligently search for your Savior, He is waiting with open arms to embrace you with His love and compassion and teach you about the true meaning of life.