“Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.” – John 12:3
I’ve been thinking for a few weeks that I wanted to start blogging about some of the pearls I take away from each week’s worship service at my church. In case you didn’t know, I am head over heels in love with my church. I wish I could pile you into my minivan on Sunday morning and bring you with me, but since I can’t, you can listen to the internet broadcast here.Tom spoke about Mary’s worship of Christ when she poured out her costly oil onto Jesus’ feet. Mary understood that no matter how valuable the contents of the vial, Christ was more valuable, and giving Him the very best, most precious thing she possessed was the only acceptable way to honor Him. Tom referred to it as her “$27,600 bottle of perfume.”
He asked us to consider if there is anything in our own lives that we esteem more highly than Jesus. Is there anything that rivals Him for our affections? As I was pondering this thought, he spoke words that caused me to sit at attention, “That is your $27,600 bottle of perfume.” That is the thing that you need to pour out at Jesus’ feet. That is your acceptable offering to Him.
I think as special needs parents, we can be more tempted than most to exalt our children above Christ in our lives. We pour so much time, energy, money, prayer and tears into caring for our sweet babies – so far beyond the norm – that it can crowd out the One who truly can care for them.
I was challenged this week to put Luke at Christ’s feet, and trust in Him alone to see us through this life.
What is your $27,600 bottle of perfume?