What is the best gift you’ve ever given someone? We often hear, “It’s the thought that counts,” but it might be more accurate to say, ‘it’s the heart that counts.’ The most valuable gift we could ever give is one that has the mark of our heart behind it. When we put our heart behind our actions, it never goes unnoticed.
Salvation is the greatest gift we’ll ever receive. We could never match the sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf. It’s because of His blood that we don’t have to bring a burnt offering to our Father to know Him, which is a reason to celebrate! It’s our honor and privilege to bring Him gifts straight from our heart to His, like worship. Mary of Bethany lives this out so well. In John 12, six days before Passover, “Mary picked up an alabaster jar filled with nearly a liter of extremely rare and costly perfume, the purest extract of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet. Then she wiped them dry with her long hair. And the fragrance of the costly oil filled the house.” John 12:3 TPT
When Jesus was crucified, He poured out everything He had: blood, sweat, and tears for our salvation. As some watched knowing that Jesus was King, some watched in disbelief. For those who did not believe, I would like to think that though they denied Jesus, they could not deny the scent of Mary’s love for her Savior on the soles of His feet.
At the foot of the cross, Jesus makes it clear what He’s done for us. At His feet, we make it clear that we love Him, not only for what He did for us, but for all that He is. The praise we bring to Him matters not in its perfection, but in its devotion. The perfume that Mary poured out over Jesus was said to have cost a year’s wages. It’s never a waste to be extravagant for Jesus, but there will always be critics.
After Mary anointed Jesus’ feet, “...Judas the locksmith, Simon’s son, the betrayer, spoke up and said, ‘What a waste! We could have sold this perfume for a fortune and given the money to the poor!” John 12:4-5 TPT Our surrender and love for Jesus may not always be understood by everyone. It may even seem wasteful to some, but when we give our all to Him the fragrance of our worship is undeniable. He receives all the glory and we get the benefit of a sweeter smelling world.
Lord, thank you that when I give You my heart, You never waste my affection. Help me, Lord to be bold in my love for You in every season, no matter the cost. I trust that when I give You my all, You reveal more of all You are to me. Thank you for the gift of worship, and the fragrance it brings. May my worship smell fragrant to those around me and fill every room in my world. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
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