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The Generous Gift of Jesus | John 12:3 | Devotional

John 12:3 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.

It was worth a year’s wages; perhaps a lifetime of savings. The flask contained more than expensive perfume; it provided financial security. But that was not on Mary’s mind as she knelt at the feet of her Lord, the One who raised her brother from the dead. In an act of pure worship, she poured out the perfume and used her hair to wipe the fragrance on the feet of Jesus.

Not everyone appreciated Mary’s worship. In fact, the disciples were “indignant.” They asked, “Why this waste? This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.” Few can relate to such radical worship. But Jesus can. He said that Mary had “done a beautiful thing” to him.

Radical acts of service and worship will often be misunderstood. When believers sacrifice their lives or possessions to further the kingdom, many people…even many believers…will conclude, “What a waste!” But then people…even other believers…didn’t die for us, did they? There is only one perspective that matters. And he calls radical worship “a beautiful thing.”

Father, pry our clinching fingers from the stuff that matters most to us. Give us a heart, not just for worship, but for radical worship. Help us to do “a beautiful thing” in your sight. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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