January 6, Epiphany
Are you all in?
Ever watch the “poker channel” on satellite TV? Perhaps you are a poker player yourself. In each game, perhaps after hours of ups and downs, a player will decide to bet everything. It’s called going “all in.” He pushes his whole stack of chips into the center of the table, knowing that he’s either busted and out or will claim the whole pot.
The Magi who came to visit the newborn King, their King, were not just curious astronomers on a casual journey. They were from the Parthian (Persian) Empire, a bitter enemy of the Romans who had put King Herod on his throne and whose soldiers could be seen every day on Jerusalem’s streets. For the Magi to travel hundreds of miles behind enemy lines was to risk their very lives. They were all in.
They brought gifts that showed not just casual friendship but the deepest worship, fit for a king. Their hope in the Messiah had taken them from darkness to light, from death to life. “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” (Matthew 2:11).
Has it cost you anything, anything at all, to be a Christian? Could your gifts to your Savior be called kingly? Is your worship life an occasional and casual thing, or are you ready to go all in?
Set Free by Graceis a collection of devotions that will remind you daily of God’s great love for you, help you get your thinking rearranged toward God’s agenda, and boost your courage and strength to overcome the daily struggles and temptations that you face.
God promises those who study his Word that they will find greater clarity in understanding life, greater comfort in knowing his love, greater resilience to life’s hardships, and greater joy in service. And that’s exactly what we pray for you as you dive into this 365-day devotional.
Request your copy when you donate to help reach more lives with the timeless truths of God’s Word. Thank you for your generous support!