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Comparisons

05 Apr

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head. There were some who said to themselves indignantly, “Why was the ointment wasted like that? For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they scolded her. But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. (Mark 14:3-6)

Now, three hundred denarii was worth quite a bit back then (each Denarius was worth about 20-21$); around 6,000-6,300$ in today’s money. So, this would’ve actually done quite a bit of good to the poor in the area. Yet Jesus doesn’t condemn her for her actions. In fact, He actually defends her when His disciples criticize her: we see in later verses that He reminds them that they won’t always have Him with them, but that they will always have the poor. The reality is, Jesus expected nothing less from this woman than this very expensive perfume. Yet, even so, when she gave it, He said she’d done a beautiful thing for Him. Now, Jesus doesn’t want our physical perfume anymore. However, now what He expects from us, what, it could even be said, He requires us to give, is Spiritual perfume.

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. (Romans 12:1)

We, sadly, can no longer give physical worship to Christ. Thus, our goal should be to give Spiritual worship. We do this, according to Paul, by presenting on our bodies as living sacrifices. We, are to be a pleasing aroma to God. We, are to be the perfume that anoints His head. We, are to offer ourselves as living sacrifices to God. This is our reasonable act of worship. Offering our lives is expected of us, as Christians, and if aren’t doing so, we’re disobeying God. People pray all the time that God would show them His will for their lives, yet what no one seems to realize, is that all He wants, is the small, insignificant gift of us. He wants our lives to show Him. As the saying goes, “Preach the Gospel, and if necessary, use words.”

The point being this: in light of Christ’s gift of Himself, us giving ourselves to Him isn’t too much for Him to ask. It’s only reasonable that our lives should be mirrors to our savior. So, let me ask you a question, are you reflecting Christ? Are we both doing all we can, really, to live the Gospel? Are we actively seeking out ways in which we can be of service to God’s kingdom? There simply is no excuse for not offering every minute of our days to Him. After all, He offered Himself; what is twenty-four hours to that?

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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3 Comments

Posted by on April 5, 2012 in Delivered Through Love

 

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3 responses to “Comparisons

  1. evanlaar1922

    April 5, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Even if we try one day at a time!

     
  2. Mike Cleveland

    April 5, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    This was very challenging to me, Joshua, thank you! When you said, “He requires us to give, is Spiritual perfume…” I thought of this passage in 2 Corinthians 2:15: “For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.”

    Thank you again for this wonderful challenge. May God enable us to give ourselves entirely to Him in our lives, remembering that He gave Himself entirely to us in His death.

     
    • Joshua Cleveland

      April 6, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      Hey Dad, I was actually looking for that verse in 2 Corinthians; thank you for reminding me where it is. 🙂 I’m glad the post challenged you; all glory to God.

      Joshua

       

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