Three books of the Gospel record an event that demonstrated such love and sacrifice, that Judas, the disciple in charge of the moneybag, questioned the action.
Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus, broke an alabaster jar of nard, poured it over Jesus’ head and feet, then wiped His feet with her hair. Nard, a powerful perfume from a plant grown in India was valued at more than a year’s wages. It was sealed in a jar that had to be broken in order to access the perfume. This possession may have been a family heirloom. Perhaps it was her dowry.
In an act of extravagant devotion, Mary poured out the perfume on the one who raised her brother from the dead. He, the Resurrection and the Life, would soon shed His blood for the sins of the world. In her devotion, she gave her most valuable possession. The scent of her sacrifice literally followed Him to the cross.
Have you acknowledged that everything in the heavens and earth is His? He is the Provider of all you have and has blessed you beyond measure. How can you possibly express your extravagant devotion to His benevolence? What do you need to willingly give or dedicate in thanksgiving and praise?
Perhaps you have not fully surrendered yourself to Him. How about your spouse or children? What about your career, home, cars or pets, your phone or computer? I recommend that you write down all of your possessions on a sheet of paper and acknowledge God’s ownership of it all. We are simply stewards with the goal of hearing “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
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