Pour It Out!
Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. So they gave a dinner for him there. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table. Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. —John 12:1-3
Big-God stories are so very cool. Like the account of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead!
Jesus receives a message that His friend Lazarus is dying but Jesus purposely delays arriving on the scene until four days after Lazarus has died. Once on the scene, Jesus encounters Martha and Mary, Lazarus’ sisters, mourning the loss of their brother and confused by Jesus’ late arrival. Jesus, deeply moved by all that is going on around this event, looks to heaven, prays to the Father, and calls Lazarus out from the tomb. And BAM! Lazarus comes walking out of the tomb like a mummy given new life.
What an event! One that all who were present would never forget—especially Mary. Imagine reflecting back on your grief, remembering your utter helplessness and devastation, and then the miraculous happens and you are filled with total joy! What do you do with that? Where do you go from there? For Mary, she decided to pour it all out in worship on Jesus!
Sometime later a dinner is given for Jesus, and though the agenda for the evening did not include it, Mary, in front of everyone, pours very expensive perfume on Jesus’ feet and wipes it in with her hair. Consider:
· How personal! What a creative, over-the-top, personal expression of gratitude. Mary poured her perfume out on Jesus’ feet and wiped it with her hair. And the scent of her worship; you can imagine it lingering in the air engulfing everyone present. How personal was her worship!
· How public! Mary did not do this for people, but she did do it before people. It was not about who saw her or what they thought of her. For Mary, this radical act of worship was all about pouring herself out before Jesus . . . in full view. How public was her worship!
· How extravagant! For Mary, a handmade thank-you card would not suffice for this situation. So she pours out perfume that cost a typical person’s annual income. No calculating a percentage of income. No measuring of an “appropriate” portion. A year’s work fully poured out on Jesus. How extravagant was her worship!
Do we proportion our worship of Jesus? Many times we give Him a little here and a little there. We really need to pour it on! All of life is worship and Jesus is worth all of our worship. Today, make worship of Jesus personal, make it public, and maybe today is even a fitting time to make it extravagant. Pour it out on Jesus! —Doug Helmer
· When I am in church worshiping, am I more concerned about how I will look to other people, or am I allowing my love for Christ to come through no matter how I look?
· Do I worship Him for all He has done for me out of gratitude or because it’s part of the service? What does this say about my relationship with Christ?
Prayer – Almighty Father, You are God! You are good! You are everything to me! Help me to live a life that is a “pour it on” kind of worship. Forgive me for my cold and measured worship. Help me to feel free to wholeheartedly lift praises to You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.