John 12:3, ” Then Mary took 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 filed with the fragrance of the perfume.” NIV
Last evening I was reminded of the story of a woman who gave what she had to the King. Some mocked her, others ignored her, some were disgusted she used such a rare item on the feet of Jesus. Jesus, was not amused at their disregard for a woman who had given what she had to Him. He, in fact, requested her to save the rest of it for His burial. Not knowing how soon this might come, she, nonetheless, agreed. The lady was Mary, some theologians disagree, but for the writing of this piece, I am saying it was Mary Magdalene, a compromised woman to some, but a believer that this indeed was the King, the Redeemer and her Savior.
As the story goes on it depicts a woman who likely had some means to offer such a thing to this Man, although heckled by the others in the room. She seemed to give Him what she thought necessary at the time. She gave Him this out of Love and pure adoration for someone she thought so much of. She gave Him what she could.
How often do we sit around saying to ourselves or others that we can’t do this and that because of that or this? How often do we claim to not be qualified, able or knowledgeable enough to give what we have, to help others who are in need? How often do we find excuses to not pick up the phone, write a note, listen to Gods word, read Gods Word, say a prayer for others or simply look to the sky to say Thank you for this glorious life? I know there are many times I am guilty of this. I know when asked to do something outside my comfort zone I am often very hesitant to say “yes, I will.” And yet, if we are so comfortable, will we be growing? If we are so willing to stay where we are, are we really giving what we have, doing what God asks, and growing to our full extent as Christians?
Giving what you HAVE….DOING what you CAN….BEING who you can, are all signs of LOVE. God does not ask great feats or accomplishments of us to be fully seen in His sight…HE only asks that we , as the woman in the story, DO what we CAN, for the Love of His precious Son and for the Love of His precious creations.…people and this earth. Love, can be shown in so many ways. Love is so needed today, perhaps more than in my history. Love, as it used to be sang, can keep us together…if we TRY.
So, WHAT can you DO TODAY….for God, for Jesus, to show the love they so gracefully and effortlessly give us? How can YOU make a LOVING difference today?