Worshiping with Abandon

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John 12

1 Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom He had raised from the dead. There they made Him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him. Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.

The action of Mary to Jesus was an act of full-hearted worship.  She gave something of great value to Him because He had done such a great miracle for her.  Her gift was neither compulsory nor obligatory.  Her gift was not a payback for His kindness. Her gift was pure worship from an overflowing heart.

Jesus had brought Mary’s brother out of the tomb and had presented him alive to her and Martha.  Lazarus was fully recovered from his sickness and was sitting up eating lunch with Jesus.  This was a miracle of the Lord Jesus for which Mary was going to be grateful as long as she lived.  So, Mary had a plan.  When Jesus came to their home again, she was going to give to Him her most valuable possession.  He kept talking about being buried so she was going to prepare Jesus for His burial.  Yes, she could have sold her burial perfume for a lot of money and given the money to Jesus but she wanted to worship Him with it.

By pouring out the precious and costly ointment on Jesus feet, by weeping with her gift, she was showing the fullness of her worship.  She did not care who saw her worship for that did not matter to her.  She was simply overcome with gratitude for the resurrecting Savior and could not hold back her offering and her tears.

We need to notice something else here; Jesus willingly and fully received Mary’s worship.  This is important.  Later, Peter and James and Paul and Silas would not receive the worship of men when miracles were done by them. They knew they were mere men.  But Jesus, who knew that He was God, willingly and fully received Mary’s worship.  My friends, when we worship Jesus with abandon for resurrecting our lives from their deadness toward Him, when we worship the Lord for saving our eternal souls, that worship should be both costly and with abandon.  We should not care who is next to us as we give Him the greatest worship that our regenerate hearts can muster.

Please be in prayer for Sunday.  I plan to bring a message from Isaiah 65:17 on the New Jerusalem and how that reality should affect our attitudes today.  I think it will be an encouraging message as we look into God’s future for us and what that future can do for us today. 

If you took a questionnaire about the church merge please bring that back on Sunday. 

This Sunday is a special day for us as it is Ben and Anna’s last day with us.  The teens will be bringing the music for the service and we will honor Ben for his work with our teens and our church music. After the service, Bobbi and I are inviting everyone over to our yard for a luncheon.  If you want to bring a baby gift for little Ben or Anna this is our opportunity.  This will be a relaxed event for all of you to spend some time with them before they leave. 

Have a great day in the Lord,
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