The story of the wise men, also known as the Magi, who visited Jesus shortly after his birth is a familiar one to many people. While the details of their visit are not described in great detail in the Bible, there are a few key lessons that can be gleaned from their story that can be applied to your family. Here are some biblical parenting tips based on the story of the wise men:
- Seek wisdom and guidance from God. The wise men were seeking the “King of the Jews,” and they followed a star to find him. This shows that they were seeking wisdom and guidance from God, and that they were willing to follow wherever it led them. As a family, both parents and children, it’s important to seek wisdom and guidance from God in all aspects of our lives. This can help us to make good decisions and to lead our families in the right direction.
- Be persistent in pursuing your goals. The wise men did not give up when they encountered obstacles on their journey. They continued to follow the star, even when it led them through difficult and unfamiliar territory. As parents, we need to be persistent in pursuing our goals and in leading our families. This may mean persevering through challenges and setbacks, but it’s worth it in the long run.
- Make a habit of worshipping God. When the wise men finally found Jesus, they “fell down and worshiped him.” They showed reverence and respect for Jesus, even though he was just a newborn baby. As families, we need to have this same attitude of worship in our own lives, teaching children what worship looks like.
- Offer gifts to God and others. The wise men brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to Jesus. These gifts were symbols of their devotion and worship, and they offered them freely and generously. As families, we can teach children the value of offering gifts to God and to others as a way of showing love and appreciation.
- Be open to learning and growing. The wise men were wise because they followed truth. The pursuit of the star led them to the Bible through Herod’s scribes who pointed them to Micah 5:2. They were seeking truth, and they were willing to follow wherever it led them. The scriptures led them to Bethlehem where they found Jesus. The pursuit of truth always leads us to the scriptures which then lead us to The Truth, Jesus Christ.
In conclusion, the story of the wise men provides several valuable lessons for families. By seeking wisdom and guidance from God, being persistent in pursuing our goals, showing reverence and respect for authority, offering gifts to God and others, and being open to learning and growing, we can be more effective and further our growth as missional families.