Written by: Rebekah Jenkins

‭‭When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

Matthew 2:10-11 KJV

The gifts they presented were unique and purposeful. 

Gold was given to kings and high royalty. 

Frankincense was used as perfume and incense burned. 

Myrrh was a sacred ointment 

Looking forward to Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection, we see the reason why these gifts were given: gold because above the cross was written “King of the Jews”, frankincense because it was a purification scent, and myrrh was an ointment oil or embalming oil. 

The carol ‘We Three Kings’, interprets the gifts as symbolizing three aspects of Christ’s future life: gold representing kingship, frankincense (worship) and myrrh (death and mourning).

But – how are these three made into their full potential? By putting them through fire. 

Gold, when melted down, is separated from its impurities, then formed into a bar. The impurities are of no value and are discarded. What’s left is the purest form of gold. 

Frankincense, when sitting on the shelf, is nothing, but must be burned in order to produce the smell and incense of healing. 

Myrrh, as a spice, does nothing on its own. When cooked over fire and made into an ointment, it’s then used to help with skin wounds, infections, kill bacteria, and to stimulate the immune system. 

As humans, we like comfort, ease, calm, and convenience. What we don’t like is trouble, heartache, chaos, and discomfort. But, in order for us to be at our fullest potential, we must go through a fire. When we allow God to put us through or in the fire, we are allowing him to prove us into what he knows we are. 

Like gold, he separates us from our sin, and casts our sin “as far as the east is from the west.” ‭‭(Psalm‬ ‭103:12‬) He sees the beauty that we are and molds us into the person for his glory. What’s left is the purest of ourselves as possible.

Like the frankincense, we are changed through the fire to draw attention to God. The spice itself is nothing to look at or take notice. It’s not bright or shiny, it’s not incredibly large or overpowering, but it produces a smell of healing and comfort. When we go through trials and share about God’s handiwork through it, we are producing the healing power to others. We are helping lead others to Christ. 

And finally, like myrrh, we can used to help others in their walk with the Lord. The ointment is used to help with wounds, burns that are infected, and also has the ability to help white blood cells increase which kill bacteria. We can help others who are hurting, by have the ointment of God in our lives and sharing it with others. 

In our walk with the Lord, the first step we must take is accepting Christ as our Lord and Savior, that’s the gold: removing the sin from the sinner to make a Saint. The next step is what we call being sanctified, that’s getting ourselves out of the way and showing Christ in all we think, act, and say. Think of it as the frankincense: showing God wherever you go. Then, we accept the Holy Ghost, or Holy Spirit, to walk with us and in us to live our lives “holy and acceptable unto Him” ‭.

Romans‬ ‭12:1‬ says, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” 

Wherever you might be in your journey with God, I want you to take the next step, or find the next treasure in God. Are you ready for the Gold? Do you have the gold and want the frankincense? Maybe you have Christ in your heart, and do all you can to please God, but need an even closer walk, so you need the ointment, or myrrh. This time, it isn’t man who’s giving the gifts, but Jesus Christ and his Father who are giving these gifts to you. Will you take them? Are you willing to go through fire to allow God to better you and make you a better person? I know I am.

This devotional was used with permission. It was written by Rebekah Jenkins as a guest writer on this site.