John 12:1-9, Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead. 2 There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him. 3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. 4 Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him, 5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? 6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein. 7 Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this.
This same story can be found in Matthew 26:6-13 and Mark 14:3-9. If we read all three accounts of the story we find so many rich and rewarding truths. In fact, life transforming truths!
Lazarus had just been raised from the dead. He and his family, along with Jesus and his disciples are celebrating the great victory. As usual, Martha is doing what she does best, serving others. Where’s Mary? As was often the case, Mary is sitting at the feet of Jesus, loving and adoring Him. Oh, and by the way, not everyone-including the closest of Jesus’ disciples-are happy about it!
Jesus is looking for people who ADORE HIM above everyone and everything else in life. A people willing to SACRIFICE ALL for Him! He is looking for a people who are willing to SIT AT HIS FEET, LISTEN TO HIS WORDS, and RESPOND WITH HEARTS OF ADORATION!
I have a feeling that Jesus is still looking for a few Mary’s who are willing to sit at His feet in love and adoration in the midst of all the wonderful celebration’s, commotion, and confusion of our day [REV 3:14-20]!
“Every age has its own characteristics. Right now we are in an age of religious complexity. The simplicity which is in Christ is rarely found among us.” — A. W. Tozer
“Thou hast made us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee.”