Honor: Value Highly
Therefore, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. So they made Him a dinner there, and Martha was serving; and Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table with Him. Mary then took a pound of very expensive perfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. John 12:1-3
What a beautiful depiction of honoring our Savior. It’s evident that Mary did this extravagant act to show gratitude to the One who redeemed her soul and set her on a path of freedom instead of a path of bondage.
When I read this story of Mary, I can’t help but ask myself, Would I have done that for my Savior? What do I do now to show Him honor and gratitude for my life that has been fully re-born as a new creation in Him?
2 Samuel 24:24 David says, …”for I will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God that cost me nothing.”
Mary gave a very costly perfume to honor Jesus Christ, her Savior. David made sure he gave a sacrifice that cost him something. Additionally, they both served the Lord with their lives and I’m certain that “cost” them friendships, money and popularity. My prayer is that my entire life, my entire self be an acceptable sacrifice, an acceptable offering to my Lord who saved my soul from eternal death and gave me eternal life. I want there to be no question that I highly value Jesus Christ by the way I live.
Pastor Emily Christenson