August 16, 2012

All in

Filed under: Uncategorized — andykiff @ 9:53 am

Mark 14:3 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.

This passage never fails to speak to me in some way.  Today the aspect I noticed wasn’t necessarily the extravagance of the woman’s offering but its permanence.  She spent the equivalent of around a year’s wages on her gift and then broke it and poured it all out.  She didn’t keep some back to resell.  There wasn’t anything she could reclaim from the situation.  There was no way for her to enjoy the perfume for herself.  She went all in and spent an extreme amount on an offering that couldn’t be taken back.

I’ve heard giving to You described as ‘lending to the Lord’.  I don’t see any of that mentality here.  It was an extravagant, ridiculous act of worship with no thought of return.  It wasn’t about spending a year’s wages so that somehow she’d get twice as much back.  I don’t know how rich this woman was and whether she bought this with some of her savings or whether she sold everything she had.  I do know it was far more expensive than was reasonable.

Lord I want to be all in.  I don’t want to play around the edges, giving You scraps of my life in the hope that You’ll return it with interest.  It’s all Yours.


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