To Honour Him!
John 12:1-8 NLT
Six days before the Passover celebration began, Jesus arrived in Bethany, the home of Lazarus—the man he had raised from the dead. A dinner was prepared in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, and Lazarus was among those who ate with him. Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance. But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray him, said, “That perfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.” Not that he cared for the poor—he was a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciples’ money, he often stole some for himself.
Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. She did this in preparation for my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”
Reflection . . .
Today is the fifth Sunday of Lent, the season where we focus on preparing ourselves being repentant, disciplined and self-giving. The event in Christ’s life recounted for us in the passage above, helps us consider what it really means to give all we have for His honour and glory.
Those who know Jesus as the Son of God, they offer Him the highest praise, the best of what they have for His honour and glory. There is nothing too costly, nothing too difficult, nothing that can keep us from giving Him all the glory with who we are and what we have.
What a beautiful picture of giving honour to the Lord. Mary did something extravagant! She took a most valuable thing and offered it to her Lord as an offering, an act of giving all, an act of preparation for what was to come.
What do we have to offer Him as we give honour and glory? Well, we can all give Him praise!