The Magi Money Lessons
The story of the 3 wise men, also known as the Magi, is told in Matthew 2:1-12. The Magi were wise men from the East who came to meet the newborn baby Jesus, their King.
They followed a star that they believed would lead them to the newborn king. When they arrived in Jerusalem, they inquired of King Herod where they could find the baby, and then continued on to Bethlehem.
The wise men found the baby Jesus in a manger, and they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. However, they were warned in a dream not to return to Herod, so they left for their own country by a different route.
The story of the Magi can teach us valuable lessons about being prepared, avoiding pitfalls, and finding a new path to reach our goals. With the knowledge from this story, here are the Godly financial lessons we can adapt to our lives.
Find the Right Star to Follow
Have you ever thought about how much knowledge these men must have had to follow one singular star in the night sky? They came through a desert, no city lights like we have today. That night sky would have been covered with tiny stars and beautiful streaks, BUT, they discerned the ONE star they needed to follow.
What is the star that is standing above the noise in your life? One lesson we can learn from the 3 wise men is the importance of being prepared and following God in our financial priorities.
Just as these wise men were prepared and knowledgeable to undertake a long journey to find Jesus, we should be prepared and devoted to meeting our financial goals and align them with Him. This could mean setting specific goals and creating a plan to achieve them. It also means being disciplined and consistent, not getting distracted as you follow your star.
Identify and Avoid Your Financial Herods
Another lesson from the story is the need to avoid the “Herods” in our lives. In the story, the Magi were warned by God in a dream to avoid King Herod and return home by a different route.
In the same way, we should be wary of those who may lead us down the wrong path and make decisions that may harm our financial well-being. These “Herods” can come in many forms, from lenders to family members and even people we’ve considered friends. It’s important to do our due diligence and avoid anyone (and anything) who may not have our best interests at heart, leading you away from God.
Take a New Path Toward Your Finances
Finally, the story reminds us that there may be a better path to achieve our goals. Just as the Magi found a new path to return home, we can also find a new path to reach our financial goals.
What is that new opportunity you can now afford to take? What is that new course or lesson that can lead you to a different approach to managing your money? It’s important to stay open to new ideas and be willing to adapt in order to reach our goals. As you open your mind and heart, remember to listen to the voice of God over the other voices that intend to interrupt his financial path for you.
I love the Bible. In every one of its stories, there are infinite lessons we can take and apply to every aspect of our lives. The story of the Magi can teach us valuable lessons about being prepared, avoiding financial pitfalls, and finding a new path to reach our financial goals.
By following the their example, we can make wiser financial decisions and get closer to building a healthy financial future. As you journey this season and next year, think about how these lessons can help you reach your goals!