Worthy of the Best
Written by: Melanie Lindner
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Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.
- John 12:3 (NKJV)
Have you ever felt cheated out of something you thought could’ve been better? Maybe your mom only bought off-brand snacks that didn’t taste quite as good as brand name. Maybe your friend got you a knock-off of something you asked for as a gift for your birthday. How did you feel about that? Disappointed? Let down? Maybe even a little angry?
Think about how you would’ve felt in Jesus’ shoes when Judas Iscariot rebuked Mary for using her incredibly expensive perfume to anoint His feet. Judas Iscariot got onto Mary for her actions as she anointed the feet of her Savior, washed His feet with her tears, and dried them with her hair. He said that they could have sold the spikenard for 300 denarii (a year’s wages at that time) and given the proceedings to the poor.
To someone who didn’t know Judas, this may have seemed like a valid argument and a noble act. However, to the All-Knowing Son of God, this was a bold-faced lie. John 12:6 says that Judas was nothing but a thief and kept charge of the coin purse. He wanted nothing but to get more money for himself.
He didn’t want Jesus to have the best.
Mary was willing to use an entire box of expensive perfume on the feet of her Lord, because He was just that precious to her. Judas Iscariot was ready to not only not give Jesus the best, but to give Him nothing at all!
1. What are you willing to spend on Christ? Are you offering Him your very best, or just the leftovers?
2. What do you hold too dearly that you need to give up to Him so you can focus on Him again?
Heavenly Father, thank You for everything You’ve blessed me with. Please help me to be willing to give up everything for You, even the expensive and precious things.
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