[T]hey . . . presented him with gifts of
gold and of incense and of myrrh.
We want our gifts to be appropriate and appreciated. I knew a man whose spic-and-span housekeeping wife spent a lot of time on her knees hand-waxing their floors. He gave her kneepads for Christmas. The gift wasn’t well received.
The Magi who came from the east to worship baby Jesus brought gifts with them. The Christmas cards you receive pictures three wise men, an assumption based on the three mentioned gifts they brought: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. A Far Side cartoon had four wise men instead of three—but they sent the fourth packing because he brought fruitcake as his gift.
What gift would Jesus want from you?
He would say to you what Paul said to the Corinthians: “[W]hat I want is not your possessions but you” (2 Cor 12:14).
Everything you have is a gift from Him.
All He wants from you is you.