Thursday, March 10, 2016

John 12:1-8 True Love is Costly

KEY TEXT: John 12:7-8 Jesus said, "Leave her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of my burial. The poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me."

KEY THOT: What Mary did was for Jesus alone. She expresses her love for her Lord in extravagant way, not knowing that her act was prophetic and entirely in line with the divine purpose. In contrast, Judas Iscariot was thinking in human terms. In fact, he was more concern about the purse than about the poor. Sometime, we cover up our materialistic motivation with spiritual talk. But God is more concerned about why we are doing what we are doing. Mary “wasted” her alabaster jar of perfume that costs her the equivalence of a year’s wage for a labourer. But she didn’t think that it was a “waste”, for anything done for her Lord was an expression of her gratitude. Considering what God has done for her, it was the only gift that was appropriate to her as a woman to give, for perfume is something that every woman treasures. But she pours it all out without giving it a second thought. 

Worshipping God must cost us something, or else it’s not worship. When King David wanted to buy over the threshing floor belonging to one Araunah, he offered to give to the king without charge. But David insisted on paying for it: "No, but I will buy it from you for a price. I will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God that cost me nothing" (2 Samuel 24:24). Real worship must cost us something, and for Mary it was costly. Paul went even further and wrote that real worship must involve giving of our total selves to God: “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship” (Rom. 12:1).

Let’s give our very best to the Lord in worship, not our leftovers in terms of time, energy and money. Let’s not offer anything to God that costs us nothing.

Father, may we offer ourselves to You utterly this morning, not withholding anything, but absolutely without reservation, that our worship might be acceptable in Your sight. Amen.

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