“They came to the house where the child was and saw him with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. They opened their gifts and gave him treasures of gold, frankincense, and myrrh." (Mat 2:11 NCV)

When Jesus was about 2 years of age, a group of Magi came to where He was, opened their treasures, and gave lavishly to Him. This enormous gift financed His childhood, and maybe even up to His early adult life.

Pastors can also receive treasures from strangers. That even in the infancy of their ministry, people will open their wealth, and give generously to the work of God through His servants. Holy angels will lead these sowers to the God-called, and multitudes will worship God because the pastor has now come, in obedience to a fulfillment of destiny - a lifework of evangelism and discipleship.

Sidelight: Mary and Joseph did not use Jesus' gifts to buy a grand house and be idle about. Joseph still worked as a carpenter, and passed the trade to his sons. A love-gift is primarily for ministry, and not for personal gratification.

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