During this day, we see two very different reactions to Jesus. First, we find Mary at the feet of Jesus, anointing Him with costly perfume.
While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.
Her love of Jesus is well documented through-out the gospels. Obviously, she loved Him very much, and that translated to actions of reverence and deep worship. This time, however, she also gives us a glimpse at what “costly, sacrificial” worship looks like. So many times we are willing to give God only what we can spare, or what is easy. She recognized that God owns it all anyway, so He might as well get the best! The scriptures tell us that others watching were “indignant” because they thought it was wasteful and that the money could have been used better elsewhere. True worship, intimacy with God, and sacrificial giving is never a waste… because there is NOTHING more valuable than the one we give it all to! This is also a reminder that real worship is never a spectator sport… some people just won’t be able to understand what God is doing in someone else’s life, unless they are also walking though it. Don’t judge someone’s outpouring!
In sharp contrast, while Mary was giving of her very heart and valuable possessions, Judas was making deals with the Pharisees to betray Jesus. What did he get in return? Thirty pieces of silver was his payment for selling out the King of Kings and the one he’d walked with over the last few years. It’s easy to judge Judas, until I remember how many times I have, likewise, sold out my relationship with God for trivial worldly things that seemed so important at the time.
How will you respond to Jesus? Each day we get to decide if we will be consumed by God and give Him our all, or allow ourselves to just be a consumer of all the world has to offer us.