New to the church or attended your whole life? This series of discussions will help you learn (or relearn) the basics of our denomination. Enjoy fellowship. Sundays following worship beginning April 18 (we will not meet May 9, Mother’s Day). An opportunity to join will be offered after the class but is not a requirement.
Interested? Contact Pastor Kim at 717-253-8384 or email@example.com
as Jesus sat at the table, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment of nard, and she broke open the jar and poured the ointment on his head. Mark 14:3b
Worthy act of devotion or waste of resources? We are told those with Jesus scolded her for wasting resources. Jesus said it was a beautiful thing. What did she accomplish? Jesus said: Truly I tell you, wherever the good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her.”
We want to see results. But we don’t see the big picture, only God does.
She had no way of knowing how appropriate it was in preparing for his death.
I really doubt she had a single thought of sending our generation a visual image of what servanthood to Jesus means; us broken open and poured out at his feet. And we know her actions were criticized by those there, Yet we are still thinking about her action that day 2000+ years later,
We may also at times be criticized by those around us or worry that we are not seeing results. But we must trust that the labor of service is a form of worship pleasing to him. Jesus sees all and our acts of devotion, offering our best to him is never a waste in his eyes.