Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.
Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him.
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.
John 12: 1-3 (NIV)
And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume
So many lessons today from Your Word, Lord but I can’t help being drawn into Mary’s moment of uninhibited worship.
Mary brought to You her most valuable possession and poured it out for You with intimacy, tenderness and extravagant love.
Just a few drops of her precious perfume would have been adequate, enough, sufficient, but she choose to gave You all. Everything.
Then she humble drew close to You to distribute its soothing balm with her hair.
May my heart be so willing as hers, Lord.
May I lavish all I hold dearly and all I cling too tightly and empty everything at Your feet.
May lavish my worship to its very last drop.
May I gaze into Your eyes of love and humbly sit at Your feet.
May my praise rise like Mary’s fragrance.
Lord, may I have a heart and love like Mary’s.
Jean Wise says
Michelle this post held one of my favorite images of worship. I am drawn to it each time I read it. I like how you wrote it: Time to pour it all out. I know I did that on retreat but how quickly life swells in once we are back into the world. Will do some pouring this weekend! Thanks dear friend
Jean Wise says
Good morning, I am so far behind reading comments but wanted to thank you for your words. You are so honest and open, I love your heart! God is continually pursuing and refining us; I am full of thankfulness this morning!
Jean Wise says
Mia, I am so far behind in reading comments and visiting other blogs this week. Blessedly busy life! God is good though. Hope your week has been full of blessings too
May I love like Mary. Amen.
We had the gospel reading of the adulterous woman this week.
Michelle Eichner says
Oh, my wise friend, thank you for the challenge! God spoke to me as I read your words – “hold nothing back”. I think we’ve been having a bit of a tug-of-war the past few weeks. Time to pour it all out. I so appreciate you! Hugs! Love, Michelle
There are some I have been privileged to know that I watched their surrender of the most precious gift they had to the Lord. As I stood and observed, I thanked God that he had not put me to that test,as I know I’d not have passed.
God is so gracious that he gives us the grace to walk in the fellowship He has called us to, and puts people in our lives to show us there is a higher worship than we have experienced that we may continue to stretch in communion with Him. Great Post – God Bless
Hi dear Jean
What always amazes me is the fact that our Lord wants our bodies as our act of spiritual worship! He desires to live in us, to be the source of all our life, to be our life!! Incredible.
Much love and a blessed Sunday