And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at the table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head. Mark 14:3
Mary took her greatest and costliest possession (her bridal perfume) and anointed Jesus with it. This cost her deeply. Her flask of perfume was worth a lot of money, it was her dowry and her actions invited public scrutiny. Sadly, there were even disciples present who ridiculed her for being so wasteful. We are also prone to take such a low view of things eternal. The words of Jesus quickly remind us of the perfect, heavenly perspective that pleases Him as he rebuked those present and praised Mary. The world, and sadly some misled saints, will call us crazy who devote our all and all to our Savior. As we offer Him the very best, meaning our whole hearts and unswerving devotion, may we fix our gaze upon Him and allow His opinion be our highest aim.
“He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” – Jim Elliot
Precious Lord Jesus, help me to see the beauty in forsaking all for you and give me an undivided heart.
Do you realize that your heart is your most costly possession?
Are you holding back from fully surrendering your heart and affections to Christ?
Are you stumbled by the opinions of others?