Mark 14:6, “Jesus said, ‘Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me.’”
Luke 10:42, “But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part”
A story has been told that is worth repeating, about a father and his young daughter who were especially close. They enjoyed spending time together. If he went for a walk or made a social call, she wanted to go along. However, he then began to notice a change. When he asked her to accompany him on errands, she made excuses. As the weeks passed, he became concerned about it.
When his birthday came, she presented him with a pair of slippers she had been working on during those times of absence. Then he realized that she had been working on them while he was out of the house. “Darling, I like these slippers very much,” he said gently, “but the next time please buy the slippers and let me have you all the days. I would rather have you than anything you can make for me.”
My brethren, beyond any work we may do for God, our time spent in His presence must take priority. He desires our fellowship first of all. If our worship is neglected, our work will be deficient. We should want to serve Him because of all He’s done for us, but when we let our service keep us from enjoying Him and learning from Him, we, like Martha, have missed the most important part (Luke 10:42).
If our service for Christ is to bear fruit, our fellowship with Him must have first place. My beloved, He wants our love more than our labor.
It is recorded for us in the Gospel of Mark; that during the week before Jesus was crucified, the chief priest and scribes were looking for any excuse to arrest and kill Him (Mark 14:1). Judas was looking for a convenient way to betray Jesus (v. 11). However, a woman who we know to be Mary of Bethany was looking for a way to show her love to the Lord (Mark 14:3-9). So she brought “an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard” and anointed Him. The disciples asked angrily, “Why this waste?” (Matthew 26:8). Jesus told them to stop troubling her, for “she has done a good work for Me” (Mark 14:6). May I note they all found the opportunities they were seeking!
Jesus was delighted in her gift, for it came from a heart of love. So, what would you like to give to Jesus today to show Him of your love? Your time, talent, or treasure? It doesn’t matter if it’s costly or inexpensive, whether others will understand or criticize. Like Mary, may we have hearts that are always looking for opportunities to say to our Savior, “I love You.” Matthew 22:37 says, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.”
Lord Jesus, it is my desire to love You with all my heart, soul and mind. Help me to discover new ways to show my love for You in my thought life, in my worship, and in my relationships.
We can love Jesus too little, but we can never love Him too much.