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Throwback Thursday: Love Like Mary

 

LOVE LIKE MARY

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 

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.

John 12:3 NKJV

 

Several years ago, while studying the gospel of John, I began to pray for God to teach me to love Him as Mary did. Something about her total selflessness touched me. Mary loved Jesus so much that she thought nothing of using her most valued possession to anoint Jesus. Spikenard was highly expensive. She did not consider the cost except to know that Jesus deserved the best.

 

She also humiliated herself when she took her hair down and she began to wipe His feet with it. Jewish women did not take their hair down in front of men. She showed Jesus her love with no thought to herself.

 

How can I give something to God unless it cost me something? Isn’t that what it means to sacrifice? Mary did not get her calculator out and see if it fit into her budget. She did not care what anyone thought of her letting her hair down and using it to wipe His feet. All she cared about was showing Jesus her love.

 

I need to start praying again for that type of love – a love that abandons self and freely gives – not just money, but time too. Sometimes time is a more precious commodity than money. We need time alone with Jesus. How can we say we love Him if we don’t spend time talking with Him? We need to linger in His love letter to us, His Holy Word. We need to express that love publicly as well as privately, without regard to what others will think. Imagine what it would look like if we all sacrificially worshipped Jesus like Mary did!

 

Dear heavenly Father,

I do want to show You my love with total abandonment, just like Mary. Help me to stop clinging so tightly to whatever is holding me back because I do love you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

DIG DEEPER

Read John 12:1-8.

 

HIKING THE TRAIL

What sacrifices (time, money, pride…) can you make to worship Jesus this week?

 

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.

LOVE LIKE MARY

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 

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.

John 12:3 NKJV

Several years ago, while studying the gospel of John, I began to pray for God to teach me to love Him as Mary did. Something about her total selflessness touched me. Mary loved Jesus so much that she thought nothing of using her most valued possession to anoint Jesus. Spikenard was highly expensive. She did not consider the cost except to know that Jesus deserved the best.

She also humiliated herself when she took her hair down and she began to wipe His feet with it. Jewish women did not take their hair down in front of men. She showed Jesus her love with no thought to herself.

How can I give something to God unless it cost me something? Isn’t that what it means to sacrifice? Mary did not get her calculator out and see if it fit into her budget. She did not care what anyone thought of her letting her hair down and using it to wipe His feet. All she cared about was showing Jesus her love.

I need to start praying again for that type of love – a love that abandons self and freely gives – not just money, but time too. Sometimes time is a more precious commodity than money. We need time alone with Jesus. How can we say we love Him if we don’t spend time talking with Him? We need to linger in His love letter to us, His Holy Word. We need to express that love publicly as well as privately, without regard to what others will think. Imagine what it would look like if we all sacrificially worshipped Jesus like Mary did!

 

Dear heavenly Father,

I do want to show You my love with total abandonment, just like Mary. Help me to stop clinging so tightly to whatever is holding me back because I do love you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read John 12:1-8.

HIKING THE TRAIL

What sacrifices (time, money, pride…) can you make to worship Jesus this week?

 

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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Throwback Thursday: The Better Blessing

THE BETTER BLESSING

 

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.

John 12:3 (NKJV)

Mary and Martha are often compared. Mary worshipped and Martha served, but they were both givers. Judas, who watched Mary anointing Jesus, was a taker.

Judas had realized that Jesus was not going to overthrow the Romans. His hopes for a prominent position in the new kingdom were dashed, and he was taking anything he could get, including the disciples’ money since he was treasurer.

Mary was sacrificially giving everything she had right down to her dignity. The act of letting her hair down was humiliating in their culture. Judas determined that the price of Mary’s spikenard was three hundred denarii (v. 5), which equaled one year’s income. It was a high dollar commodity because it had to be removed from the root of a plant found in India. Mark’s gospel tells us that she also broke the costly alabaster flask which contained the spikenard (Mark 14:3). No wonder Judas wanted the spikenard sold in order to get his hands on the money.

 

Some folks come to Jesus giving their all, like Mary. They sacrifice their money, time, and talent. They live to worship their Savior.

Others are interested only in what Jesus can do for them. They may be truly saved, but they don’t give of themselves. Their blessing comes from the warm fuzzy feeling they get when the choir sings. They seek intellectual knowledge rather than a more intimate relationship with Christ.

Mary obviously gets the better blessing. She was seeking to worship. She did not come just for the blessing, but God rewards those who seek to bless Him. Friend, you can never out give God, and I am not just talking about money. Don’t seek the blessing, but seek the One who blesses, Jesus Christ.

Heavenly Father,

We praise You. We love You, and we thank You. Help us always to keep our priorities on worshipping and serving You, not on the blessings we receive ourselves. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read John 12:1-8, Matt. 26:6-13, Mark 14:3-9.

HIKING THE TRAIL

As you read your Bible today, let God speak to you. Never let it only be an intellectual study. Sunday morning, let your only objective be on what you can give God.

 

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.