Imagine. You’ve just traveled a long journey. Through barren lands, over hills, facing storms of dust, all just to reach one humble destination. You’ve been called crazy, a maniac, after all, who follows stars, claiming that they will lead to the Messiah? Finally, you arrive. You come in and ask a man who calls himself Joseph, “Where is the young child, born the King of the Jews? We have come to worship Him. Joseph leads to the back of the house, where the child sits with His mother. Immediately, you are filled with such awe that you fall on your face before, worshiping Him. You do not notice, but your companions do the same. Upon getting up, you offer Him gifts of tremendous value, gifts worthy of a king, after all, He is the King of the Jews, right?
Imagine being in the Magi’s position, imagine the trials that they faced, all rewarded by seeing the glory of the Christ child.
“And they came into the house and saw the young child with Mary his mother; and they fell down and worshiped him; and opening their treasures they offered unto him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.”
We are called to do the same. Paul says in 1 Corinthians:
“Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.”
We are also told that it won’t be easy. Jesus said to the disciples when He sent them out:
“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues.”
But is it not worth it? If we knew the full glory of God, we would give everything up to be with Him. We should be like the wise men, enduring the trials that Satan sends our way, to be rewarded in heaven by seeing, and by being in the glory of God for eternity.