Friday, December 7, 2012

Pouring it All Out

A dinner was prepared in Jesus’ honor.
Mary took a jar of expensive perfume 
and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, 
wiping his feet with her hair. 
The house was filled with the fragrance.
But Judas said, 
“That perfume was worth a year’s wages. 
The money should have been given to the poor.” 
Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. 
She did this in preparation for my burial. 
You will always have the poor among you, 
but you will not always have Me.”
John 12:2-7

This Scripture always reminds me 
of the importance of sacrifice, 
giving all we consider costly to God.
Mary took something of great value
and poured it out for Jesus.
It released something in the spirit that not only 
allowed others to participate in the offering, 
but it released what was needed for Jesus' burial.
Mary had no idea what her sacrifice triggered.
She only cared that her love for Jesus
was expressed through this beautiful sacrifice. 
I doubt she considered the cost.
Her love for Him was too great.
When love is not the motivating drive, 
cost is front and center.
But when love for Jesus consumes us,
we can offer the sacrifices of great cost
and not consider the other options.
I want to leave behind the fragrance
of a life poured out for Him.
I am well aware that on many days, 
there is very little released.
But His mercy and grace beckons me
to come and die that I might live as
a living sacrifice for Him and His purposes.
Lord, I want my love for You to overshadow 
whatever I may perceive as too costly.
I feel far from being a fragrant offering.
But You take the little I give and 
transform it into something beautiful.
May I offer You this day all that I have 
and not consider the cost.
Mary could have saved some of the oil
for herself and the sacrifice would
still have been great.
May I be lavish with my life, 
breaking it open and pouring it out.
Because You are worth it all.


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