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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, June 7, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
Jesus was not saying that we should neglect the poor, nor was he justifying indifference to them. Jesus was praising Mary for her unselfish act of worship. The essence of worshiping Christ is to regard Him with utmost love, respect, and devotion and to be willing to sacrifice to Him what is most precious. (NLT)
Mark 14:3-9 – Meanwhile, Jesus was in Bethany at the home of Simon, a man who had leprosy. During supper, a woman came in with a beautiful jar of expensive perfume. She broke the seal and poured the perfume over his head. Some of those at the table were indignant. “Why was this expensive perfume wasted?” they asked. “She could have sold it for a small fortune and given the money to the poor!” And they scolded her harshly.
But Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. Why berate her for doing such a good thing to me? You will always have the poor among you, and you can help them whenever you want to. But I will not be here with you much longer. She has done what she could and has anointed my body for burial ahead of time. I assure you, wherever the Good News is preached throughout the world, this woman’s deed will be talked about in her memory.”
A woman came with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment of nard, and she broke open the jar and poured the ointment on [Jesus’] head. –Mark 14:3 (NRSV)
David J. Schreffler (Pennsylvania) titled his story “HOLD NOTHING BACK;” here is a portion of David’s story:
“My son Stephen gave me a big bottle of my favorite cologne. I treasure this gift, and as the months go by, I use just a little of it because I want it to last as long as possible. But the woman in our reading for today wasn’t concerned about conserving her costly perfume. . . .
“We often say that we will give our all for God, but usually we give ourselves in a controlled way. We pour out a little here and a little there, thinking that many will see our good works and give glory to God. . . . But God wants all our attention, our focus, our gifts, our talents, and our thoughts – all of us.
“I remember the woman in today’s reading not because of the cost of her gift or because of her humility, both of which are worthy of attention. I remember her because she shattered the jar and poured all its contents on Jesus. She held nothing back.
“When we give ourselves to God, we are offering a priceless gift. Will we give God only a little here and a little there, or will we break ourselves open and pour ourselves out to God?”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Today I will look for ways to pour myself out for God.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the precious gift of your son, Jesus Christ. Help us to be open in giving ourselves to you. Amen.
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