1 Samuel 29:1-31:13; John 11:54-12:19; Psalm 118:1-18; Proverbs 15:24-26
What a waste!
A brilliant young doctor who could practice medicine at any prestigious medical center chooses to serve in an obscure, rural community medical clinic.
A talented musician with record labels dotting her walls, chooses to spend her time providing music therapy in a psych ward.
Gifted to work with “impossible” horses, a successful horse trainer spends his time helping at-risk youth.
Each of these Christ followers pour out themselves for their Lord and Savior.
Maybe in the world’s eyes which elevates status, fame and wealth over humble service to one’s neighbors.
Yes, like Mary whose crazy love for her Lord and Savior prompted her to pour valuable perfume on Jesus’ feet and wipe them with her hair.
Unlike the world, God sees devotion in hearts changed by forgiven sins and unmerited grace.
Yes, the world may see “crazy” in our lives as we help our neighbors, the poor, the helpless, the marginalized, the “impossible”, the aged.
We’ve seen His crazy love for us–“that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
We long to serve and humble ourselves just like Mary.
And God smiles on our crazy love for Him–and for those around us.
Lord God, our hearts are overflowing with praise and gratitude for the priceless gift of salvation you have given to us through your Son, Jesus. His precious blood was poured out for us–seems crazy to many folks, but for us who believe, it’s not crazy at all. May our love and gratitude spill over into crazy acts of love and mercy to those in need. We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.
“The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid;
what can man do to me?
The Lord is with me; he is my helper.” Psalm 118:6-7a