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John 12 Part 1: Giving our Best

Updated: Jun 20

Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.

John 12:3

Giving to God isn't all about money. We often equate giving our best as giving our tithes and offerings to God. But there is so much more that we can give to God. God is not just the Master of our finances. He is the Master of our lives. We can give to God time, energy, resources, talents, gifts, and so much more. Sometimes we are poor people when it comes to giving to God. We give just enough to feel good. God doesn't want that. He gave us His very best--Jesus. And He is still giving us His very best. And we should give Him our very best.

We are continuing our study in the book of John. Jesus had just done the impossible! He had raised Lazarus up from the dead! He had been dead dead. It wasn't a swoon from sickness and then they accidently buried him. He was dead four days! He came out wrapped in grave clothes. He came out at the command of Jesus! It was such a mighty miracle that many started to believe that He was indeed the Christ. This caused the religious leaders such fear of Jesus, that they further plotted to kill Him and Lazarus too!

During that time, Jesus went up to a special supper and Mary took a priceless gift to Jesus. This was an amazing gift. The Bible gives a specific value to this--more than 300 denarii. That is foreign to us here because we don't get paid in denarii. A denarii was a day's wage of work for the common person. The simple way to put it is to say that the gift Mary gave to Jesus was worth 300 days of work! A priceless gift! Imagine if you took a years wages and gave it to someone! Wow!

But even thinking about giving a year's worth of wages is not what God wants from us. It is not about an amount. Attitude is everything. God wants our heart. When we truly give Him who we are and everything that we have, then we will be the people that find ourselves in the right place at the right time to do just what Mary did--giving our best to Him who deserves our all.

Blessings to you!

as her gift of love and devotion to Him.

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