Then Mary took a whole pint of a very expensive perfume made of pure nard, poured it on Jesus' feet, and wiped them with her hair. The sweet smell of the perfume filled the whole house. One of Jesus' disciples, Judas Iscariot the one who was going to betray him said, "Why wasn't this perfume sold for three hundred silver coins and the money given to the poor?" John 12:3-5
Mary didn’t give what was easy. She didn’t give something convenient. She didn’t give something of no consequence, rather what was priceless and deeply personal. She didn’t give a portion, but everything. In the very act of anointing His feet she assumed the position of a servant, which is what we must do.
Jesus didn’t say it would be easy or convenient to acknowledge Him as Lord, but the act of pouring ourselves out is what He values most and in doing so we assume the role of servant to all. And just as the sweet smell of the precious perfume permeated the entire room, when we worship Him without holding anything, all of heaven is permeated with a sweet fragrance which pleases the Lord.
Unfortunately Judas missed the point of Mary’s act of worship. Likewise, others will sometimes misunderstand our surrender in worship before the Lord. It’s important that we’re alert, because narrow-mindedness will cause us to miss the big picture. Mary humbled herself pouring everything into her unabated worship of Jesus and Judas missed the big picture because his focus wasn’t on Jesus, but on himself.
When’s the last time you anointed the Lord’s feet with uninhibited praise? Would your worship be a sweet smelling fragrance before the Lord? Have you kept your relationship internalized or do you live publicly surrendered for Jesus? Mary publicly acknowledged her love for Jesus with priceless worship and didn’t care what anyone thought. Can we say the same?
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