January 16

How Much Is Too Much?

"She broke the jar and poured the perfume on His head.” Mark 14:3b

The story of the Bethany anointing is one of the few stories of Jesus’ life that is contained in all four of the gospels. So impressive was this event that it was indelibly written upon the disciples' hearts so that they never, ever forgot this act of devotion. Mark uses it as a prelude to the passion events. It contrasts the hatred and rejection that Jesus was receiving at the hands of the rulers and the people. This act of worship and devotion stood out as an act of love that the Lord deserved from all, but was only given by a few. 

May this deed be received as a call to worship for us today. May this deed make us ask ourselves the question, “How much is too much? This woman’s act set a standard of sacrifice, which none can better, but all can match. That alabaster bottle was very valuable. It was worth a year's wages. Plus, it was to be saved for the most important occasion of one’s life. What is the most extravagant thing you have done for the Lord? What can we learn from this Scripture? 

• Real love is always extravagant 

• Extravagant love is always criticized. 

• Jesus always comes to the defense of those who are criticized for being extravagant in their devotion towards Him

Prayer For Today: Dear Jesus, all that we have been given by You. Please lead us in turning these gifts of time, talent, and treasures into blessings to serve our church. Lord we thank You for Your constant generosity and we wait for Your guidance. Lord, help us to give of our best, because You gave of our best: Your life! Amen

Personal Prayer: “Lord, I want to please You! What do You want me to do to help make the dreams of our church come true?”