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God is worth it
Pastor Mike Novotny
by Pastor Mike Novotny
April 15, 2024

Every advertisement in the world has the same goal—to convince you that _________ is worthy. The word worthy essentially means “worth it,” which is why marketing gurus want to convince you that this car is worth a year’s wages and this phone is worth an increased monthly payment and this makeup is worth a trip to the mall. Is all that stuff actually worth it? Maybe, maybe not. 

But God is. Just ask the Magi. These mysterious travelers from modern Iran showed up in Israel, searching for the newborn King of the Jews, a journey that probably took one to two months on the bumpy back of a smelly camel. Once they found Jesus, they opened up costly treasures of gold, incense, and myrrh. Were they disappointed by 30+ nights away from their families, friends, and the comfort of their beds? Did they grumble as they got back on their camels and journeyed home, gold-less, after meeting Jesus?

Not a chance. “When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child … and worshiped him” (Matthew 2:10,11). The Magi worshiped Jesus. They declared that he was absolutely worth it.

In this life, following Jesus will cost you a lot. You will have to pay the price of calling your own shots and doing what is natural, easy, and selfish. But Jesus is worthy! One day, when you see his smiling face, you will also lock eyes with the Magi gathered around Jesus’ throne. There you will shout, “You were right! It was worth it! He is worthy!”