Monday: 26th March, 2018
Reference text: John 12:1-11
John 12:3 Then Mary took a pound of very expensive perfume of pure nard, and she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
It always important to be able to work out the numbers behind words hence, it should come as no shock to us that the Biblical writers were specific in describing the type and nature of ointment used in the text. They make mention of ‘pure nard’: which was a rather rare and expensive fragrance oil. In fact, such was its cost that the estimated market value of the bottle used to anoint Jesus was the near equivalent of a labourer’s entire annual wages.
The problem therefore with anything so pure and yet so expensive, is the tendency to have it counterfeited with other like-looking fragrances. However, we bear in mind that from the moment something is adulterated, it loses the essence of its purity. I don’t think Mary was paying attention to the cost of the ointment when she opened that bottle as her eyes were solely fixed on ‘I am here to anoint him with what I have’.
My dear, we do not need to come to God with bottles of expensive spike nard, but our pure hearts of worship, our hearts, unadulterated and looking solely to him; with no need to keep looking for excuses on how we can seemingly benefit from raising our hands in worship. We sometimes even hold back because we are think that we are better off holding on to some of our heart, just in case we get hurt by God.
Beloved, God seeks pure, unadulterated worship from us. The kind that does not weigh the pros and cons of being in his presence before desiring to do so, worship that is represented by genuine devotion. We seem to have seen the word ‘pure’ in many forms frequently in this reflection and the reason is because God wants ‘ALL OF YOUR BEING & ESSENCE’ to be truly present when you lift your hands and heart to offer worship.
Remember # Don’t count the cost when you choose to pour out your heart to God.