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A Beautiful Thing to Him!

Matthew 26:6-13, Mark 14:3-9, Luke 7:36-50 and John 12:1-8

We all, by now, have heard of the phrase, “Actions speak louder than words” which intently means that our actions are more moving than the words we actually say. We even conclude that certain people love us because of the things they do for us. Someone might get you something that is not quite your taste but you’ll look beyond it and appreciate the effort behind it.

Well, in the gospels, we learn of a sinful woman who anointed Jesus. John identifies her as Mary, Lazarus’ brother. Mary had learned that Jesus was going to have dinner at Simon’s house and so she brought an alabaster flask with ointment to the house. “and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment.” – Luke 7:38.

In Matthew, Mark and John, we’re told that the ointment was very expensive. I believe that Mary didn’t anoint Jesus for attention but, because the fragrance filled the room, her act was exposed, and this led to a complaint from Judas. Judas was one of Jesus’ disciples. He said, “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” – John 12:5. We’re told that Judas said that, not because he cared for the poor but because he was a thief. And because Judas was in charge of the moneybag, he used to help himself to what was put into it. How absurd! 

Many times we have seen that the culprits impose their frame of mind onto the innocent ones in order for them to be seen in a positive light. Judas projected his selfish behaviour on to Mary’s selfless act but Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me.” – Mark 14:6. Jesus values our acts of love towards Him. Nothing we give to Him is considered wasteful. In fact Paul, while offering encouragement to the Hebrews, says “For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.”- Hebrews 6:10. 

According to Luke, Mary’s sins that were much, were forgiven and hence she loved much. For he who is forgiven little, loves little. I take it that Mary was filled with so much gratitude for Jesus having pardoned her sins and of course resurrecting her brother Lazarus and so she longed to show Jesus how much she appreciated Him. Only you can understand how far God has brought you and what He has liberated you from and so when ministering, do not expect anyone to understand your actions, love and commitment towards Jesus but be certain that He, Jesus understands. Therefore let us not feel disheartened by harsh words. We should not stop serving our Lord and ministering to the saints because our acts of love are evidence that we believe in Jesus as the son of God and know that we have been saved through Him. Like He defended Mary, He will defend us. “Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. ” – Romans 8:33. 

Through Mary’s act, we are reminded that the demonstration of our love to God is actually pleasing to Him. Mary was rewarded with more than she gave. Jesus said, “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.” – Mark 14:9. Till now, the alabaster flask tells us of the abundant love that Jesus Christ had for us that He gave Himself up as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Therefore, be encouraged that you do not need to give much but rather give with your heartfelt gratitude. 

Be blessed in this season of “love” and I hope we can all do a beautiful thing for Jesus because He has done all the work for us to be saved and He continues to faithfully intercede for us before God. His offering reaches every one of us that has been created and like the fragrance from the ointment, it can not be restricted. Will you accept it? 

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BABIRYE IRENE NASSAMULA

February 14, 2022

Thanks for the powerful message

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Lauretta

February 14, 2022

Amen sis!

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Joshua Kats

March 11, 2022

Ofcos I have more than enough reasons {as elaborated} to accept this precious offering and also offer up myself to Him daily to be used to bless others in the same way I was and am always blessed.

And may you continue always to be today’s Mary, pouring out your love to God through this heart touching service.

💪💪💪💪 to the Cheery Haven blog

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Lauretta

March 12, 2022

Amen!!! Thanks Joshua!

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Kita

September 21, 2022

Thanks for sharing, am blessed

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Lauretta

September 26, 2022

Thanks for your time Kita!

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