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.
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed–or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42
Choices are made hundreds, even thousands of times every day by every person. Every choice will have either a negative or positive choice in the life of the person.
Most often the choice made by most people has to do with the here and now. They are usually about immediate gratification and pleasure, not about the long term future.
As Jesus was over for a visit to Mary and Martha’s place, Mary sat at Jesus feet, while Martha worked. Martha was upset that Mary was doing nothing. Jesus told her that Mary had chosen what was best.
In life, for every person, there are many things that need to be done each and every day. Thousands of choices have to be made as to what needs to be done. This has nothing to do with whether a person is a believer or not.
However, the believer must now add in to the list of things to be done–spending time with God. In the busyness of this world and all of its cares and concerns, spending time with God is often put on the back burner. It is only done at the end of the day, if there is still time.
As Jesus said in another spot, that the cares of this world overcome a believer and choke out his belief in God.
The number one priority of every believer must be to be closer to God and to learn from Him. Once this is done, all the rest will fall into place at the right time and the right way.
You are most likely most people, with many cares and concerns in your day-to-day living. There is a list of things that you must do just to survive and make it. Do not allow all of these things, that are temporary, distract you from what is the most important.
Take time every day and throughout every day to spend time with God. This is spending time reading and studying His word, and spending time talking and listening to Him in prayer.
As you put God and His word first in your life, everything else that is needed will be provided at the right time.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that your first priority in life will be to know God more and more; that you will patter your life after that of Jesus; and that you will grow more like Jesus every day.
“I am the Lord’s servant.” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. Luke 1:38
Everyday people receive mail or emails with promises of many different things. Most often they are filled with promises to meet a need or to make one wealthy.
While some of these may actually be true, most are not. They are scams to get money from an unsuspecting person. Many people will trust these scams, while those who are wise, reject them.
With these types of scams going on all the time, people tend to have a hard time trusting anything or anyone.
Angel had come to Mary and gave her an amazing word from God. Instead of questioning it, she requested that it would come true as spoken, trusting the word.
All throughout the bible there are many different promises God has made to those who follow and trust Him. Some of those promises are often restated to a believer by a word of prophecy or a word of wisdom when needed.
These words spoken today are just as strong and powerful as those spoken by the angel to Mary. Yet, many believers question God’s word to them. They struggle with believing that God will truly meet their needs or bring them through a tough situation.
God does not play favoritism, but all of His promises are for everyone who follows and trusts in Him. Jesus did not die on the cross and raise again just to let the believer be on his own. He is with every believer, right by their sides fulfilling every promise of God to them.
All a believer has to do is do what God asks and to trust God to fulfill His part. God will not fail or forsake anyone who is seeking Him with all of their heart.
Over time you have probably read some of God’s promises to you. You may have also have had some prophetic words spoken to you. With all of these, you may also wonder about the truth in these promises, wondering if God will fulfill them.
Take a moment to look through the bible and see all the promises fulfilled there. Then look at your life and see all the promises already fulfilled.
Now trust God with the rest of your life. God has not changed and will continue to fulfill every promise He gave you.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the promises of God to you; that you will trust God with all of your life; and that you will see God fulfilling His promises.
Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her! Luke 1:45
Both Mary and Elizabeth were pregnant by miraculous means. When Elizabeth found out about Mary’s pregnancy, she was excited for her and amazed, that she would get to meet the mother of her Lord. She claimed that Mary would be blessed because she believed what God had told her.
Believing what a stranger says can be very difficult. Listening to some politicians has put a lot of doubt in the minds of people. It is common for someone to promise something, but never fulfill that promise. After a time of hearing false promises over and over, again and again, people become very distrustful. They no longer want to believe anyone.
Often people have translated this lack of trust and belief in others to God. They can read the promises of God in the Bible, but refuse to believe that those promises are for them also. Or they may hear God speak directly to them in some situation, promising something, but still refuse to believe it. They allow the cares of this world and the mountain in front of them to overtake them, rather than the peace of God in His promises.
People fail to believe what God has told them, whether it comes from the Bible or some other way. They then miss opportunities to be blessed by God.
Mary was not anyone special. She had no real credentials to be blessed as she was. She was just like you, only she believed God’s word to her. She believed that what God said He would do, He would do it, despite her not understanding how it would be possible.
You have the ability to believe God’s word to you. God’s word to you will be different than it was to Mary or any other believer in this world. God has a purpose for you to fulfill. It will not be the same as that of Mary.
However, in order for you to fulfill your purpose on this earth, you must believe God’s word to you. Trust that He will keep all of His promises to you. God will not leave or forsake you. God will provide for all of your needs.
In the end you will be blessed with His peace and unmerited favor because you believed His word to you.
I pray today that you will know God’s promises to you; that you will know what God has for you; that you will believe every word God speaks to you; and that you will know the blessings of believing God’s word.