by Jay Dennis
The Wise Men teach us some important lessons on what it means to be a wise and godly man. Concerning these men who passionately sought the baby Jesus, Matthew tells us:
“After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshipped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned by god in dream not to return to Herod, the magi left for their own country by another way” (Matthew 2:11-12 NASV).
Reading this, every Christian man should strive to emulate these Wise Men. The Book of Proverbs tells us to pursue wisdom with a passion. By observing these Wise Men, notice four truths concerning becoming a wise man:
- A Wise Man Knows God’s Word
The Wise Men knew God’s Word, having read and studied it. When they answered Herod’s question on “where was Jesus,” they quoted Scripture. Because they knew God’s Word, they saw that Jesus birth was fulfilled prophecy. God’s Word, knowing it and doing it, will make you wise……The word “saw” in verse 2 indicates they were watching for God to act based on what they had learned from Scripture. If you are to be a wise man you must view life, including culture through the lens of God’s Word. When you know Scripture you will not be caught-off-guard by the enemy’s schemes.
- A Wise Man Knocks On God’s Door
When the Wise Men got to Jesus they “fell down and worshipped Him” (Matthew 2:2). The term “fell down”means to fall to the ground, to bow. They bowed their knees Real men kneel and worship; kneel and pray. These Wise Men prayed in the presence of Jesus. Men, when you get on your knees, you are acknowledging Jesus as Lord and you are knocking on God’s door through prayer. Each time you pray you are intentionally entering the presence of this same Jesus. Do you pray for your wife, your children, your grandchildren, your family, your friends and for those you have yet to meet?
- A Wise Man is Knitted to God’s Promises
The Wise Men were bold and courageous in the face of King Herod the Great who killed all the male children two and under for fear that Jesus would trump Him. They refused to make known the specifics of Jesus’ location. A wise man holds tightly to God’s written promises believing that He will always keep His Word. Men, God is as good as His Word. Regardless of the circumstance, stand courageously on God’s Word.
- A Wise Man is a Keeper of God’s Priorities
The Wise Men centered their focus on Jesus. They brought treasures of gold, frankincense and myrrh to Him (Matthew 2:11). Treasures refers to valuable gifts. Gold was a gift fit for a King. Frankincense was used to make perfume and was a symbol of deity. Myrrh was a substance used for burial purposes. That was prophetic. This baby was born to die. These gifts had great value in time and money. To get to Jesus meant having to lay convenience and comfort aside just as God is calling every man to do today. Wise men are givers and not takers. These men were willing to die for their faith. Are you? They placed value in family. How valuable is your family to you? Are they valuable enough that you would put your wife and then your children as the most significant priorities of life with the exception of Jesus Christ?
Today, follow these four guidelines and become a wise man too.