Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Have you ever done anything bizarre for the sake of obeying God? I have. In fact, many times I have done mind-boggling things just because I am prompted to do so.
Most often, people think that the out-of-this-world things we do for God may be unacceptable, objectionable or simply just “crazy”. However, we haven’t considered the purpose of the instruction. Have you ever thought that the “crazy” thing could be someone’s MIRACLE?
“Then Mary, taking a pound of perfumed oil of great value, put it on the feet of Jesus and made them dry with her hair: and the house became full of the smell of the perfume.” John 12:1-11.
Jesus is only days away from His crucifixion, and he stops at the home of Simon the Leper in Bethany. While in this home, Mary came to Jesus with a very expensive jar of perfume and poured it over his head as He was reclining at a table. In John’s account of this story, she also poured the perfume on Jesus’ feet and washed them with her hair.
The disciples were not happy about Mary pouring this perfume on Jesus, as it was very expensive. In fact, the disciples point out that the perfume could have been sold for a year’s wages and the money could have been given to the poor.
Jesus, however, was pleased with Mary’s gesture, and said, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. I tell you the truth, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”(Vss 10-13)
Mary poured a very expensive perfume on Jesus feet and used her hair to wipe them. In a common person’s mind, that’s crazy! But not in Jesus eyes. Mary did not seem to care that the perfume was costly nor did she mind people criticizing her. Jesus confirmed that Mary had her priorities straight. The important thing is, she followed her promptings to obey and serve the one true Saviour!
And God was honored.
Same goes with us. I hope you wouldn’t mind doing “crazy” things for Jesus. As we spend more time with Jesus, we will continue to grow and mature in our faith, and we will find that we are better able to serve Him in all that we do.
My flowers blooming in winter! A miracle unfolding!