I want to share with you a story of gratitude and generosity – about a woman whose life was so transformed by the grace and love of Jesus that loving him back with all she was and all she had was her natural, passionate response. Perhaps you have heard of her, her name was Mary. She and her sister Martha were very close to Jesus, they spent quite a bit of time with him, and he even brought their brother Lazarus back to life after he died.
During a very special meal, Mary poured expensive perfume, worth a year’s wages, on Jesus’ feet and wiped it off with her hair. Such an extravagant gift! Can you imagine taking a year’s worth of wages, spending it on perfume and then using it all at one time, for one purpose, on one person?
But for Mary, pouring generosity back on Jesus was an outpouring of love from her heart for all that he had done in her life. He had taught her, spent time with her, and healed her brother! She had learned that as she put him first, she would be taken care of in every way, just as it says in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
To seek first the Kingdom, you have to seek first the king of the kingdom, and that’s what Mary did. She sought Jesus. She sat at his feet to the point that she got in trouble, when her sister thought she should be more hospitable. She learned to trust that as she sought Him first, everything else would fall into place.
Just as Jesus did a great work in the life of Mary, and in many other lives we have the privilege to read about in the Bible, He is still doing the same work in our lives today. Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever.” He is still in the miracle working business, still healing, still restoring and repairing, mending and forgiving.
Whatever you are in need of today, I hope this story is an encouragement and a reminder of who our God is, and that as you put him first he will take care of you in such a way, that you will not be able to hold back from pouring all you are, and all you have, back to him and the people around you – to bring him glory.
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