Thursday, March 19, 2015

day no. 13,296: waste and worship‏

Jake Hering pointed this out the other day while leading worship at Candeo from

Mark 14:3-9

And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at 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. There were some who said to themselves indignantly, “Why was the ointment wasted like that? For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they scolded her. But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. For you always have the poor with you, and wheneveryou want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me. She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial.And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.”

Mary spilled ointment all over Jesus' feet.

It was called waste by those watching.

If she wanted to anoint Jesus' feet, she could have used less oil and saved the rest for something else.

But she emptied it out.

She poured it all out.

What onlookers called, "waste," Jesus honored as "worship."

Extravagance is an evidence of love.

Boys dating girls display extravagance all the time spending more money and time than necessary in order to woo the affections of another.

Let's get back to extravagance. 

Let's not be afraid to do what others would wrongly call, "waste."

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