Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. John 12:3
When it comes to giving someone something, very few people will give up their best, most treasure item. Anything of extreme high value is kept for one’s own pleasure.
The item can be of high monetary or sentimental value and either a physical or non-physical item. Either way people like to keep it to themselves for many reasons.
While Jesus was eating a meal, Mary came and poured out some extremely expensive perfume on His feet and then dried His feet with her hair.
Most believers are willing to give, but many will not give their best. They will often give the rejects, unwanted, or leftovers.
It is common for some to suddenly at the end of the day, when they are tired and exhausted, to suddenly stop for a minute or two to pray for the first time that day or to read one or two verses. This is done out of duty or obligation, not heart’s desire. It is not giving what is best, but just the leftovers.
This type of giving is also seen in offerings, talents, ministry and other ways of giving. People want to hold on to the best for themselves, rather than give their best to God.
The believer who truly understands what Jesus has done for him and given to him, will want to give his best to Him. He will quickly pour out all of his best to serve and honor God with everything in him. He will not hold anything back, trusting God to provide for all of his needs.
As you go through your days, you will have many opportunities to pour out something for God. God will not force you to give anything, because He wants it done from your heart, not out of obligation or duty.
What are you giving God? Are you waiting until all the bills are paid and your selfish desires are met, before you give God something? Are you pouring out your best efforts for the things of this world, or for God?
Each day you have a choice as to what and how much you will give to God. Be willing to pour out all of the best and see God reward you greatly for your faithfulness to Him.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will give all of yourself to Him; that you will give God your best; and that you will hold nothing back from God.