March 25, 2020
Today's devotion is based on John 12:2-3, "So they gave a dinner for Jesus there. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with Him at the table. Mary, therefore, took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume."
I am sure that Martha did what she did best; she showed her love for Jesus by getting dinner ready. Mary, on the other hand, showed her love for Jesus in another way. It was scandalous, to not only do what she did but to waste, in other's opinion the oil she used to anoint Jesus' feet.
Jesus still inspires this sort of love in the people who know Him. We have even more to be grateful for than Mary did; only a few days later, Jesus willingly went to the cross to rescue us all from God's just wrath. That sets us free to love Him in return. Since he is not physically here, we can still show our love for Him by loving others. I know this to be true for Jesus said, as it is recorded in Matthew 25:40, "As you did it to one of the least of these My brothers, you did it to Me."
Please join me in prayer: Lord, give me a heart that responds to Your love so that I will love others as you love me. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.