An Act of Worship
“Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus' feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume … ‘Leave her alone,’ Jesus replied. ‘It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.’” (John 12: 3; 7-8, NIV)
It was Jewish custom at the time to provide guests who came into your home with water and a towel for the washing of feet. We don’t know if this had already happened. We do know from the opening verses that Jesus was sharing a meal with Lazarus (whom He raised from the dead), Judas (who would betray Him), Martha and Mary (Lazarus’ sisters). Martha was serving as Mary enters and pours a pint of expensive perfume on the feet of Jesus and begins to wash and wipe His feet with her hair. Judas objected and declared that this was wasteful and frivolous. “Now he said this, not because he was concerned about the poor, but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box, he used to pilfer what was put into it.” Jesus’ response, “… Let her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of My burial. For you always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me.” (John 12:6-8)
Many, even Christians, might agree with Judas’ view that this was wasteful. Jesus saw Mary’s actions as an expression of intense personal worship. She took what she had and offered it to Jesus. She humbled herself and washed Jesus’ feet and wiped them with her hair. She prepared and anointed Him for what was to come.
Are you focused on worldly business or kingdom business? Are you willing to give your treasure to Jesus as a sacrificial offering? Are you willing to exalt Jesus by humbling yourself, kneeling and washing others’ feet? Are you willing to be bold in your faith and risk the world calling you crazy for Jesus?
Child of God, I encourage you to ask God to speak to your heart today and show you what He desires from you as an act of worship. Like Mary, give Him your love and treasure willingly!
Lord, thank you for this powerful example of worship and sacrifice. Mold my heart so that I, like Mary, can approach you with love and humility and give you my treasures. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.
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