January 2, 2018
Read John 12:1-11
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Scripture- John 12:7-8- 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.”
Observations- A woman, Mary, who had received much by sitting at the feet of Jesus and soaking up His wisdom, grace, and truth, decided to offer an extravagantly generous gift of anointing Jesus' feet. Judas strenuously objected to her offering, but Jesus said Mary had done a good thing as He prepared to make the journey to the cross.
Application- Jesus certainly didn't mean that Judas was wrong about the need to honor and bless the poor; rather He was pointing out that there would be times when beautiful and precious gifts could be offered to the Savior and Lord that pointed people to the meaning of sacrificial giving from the heart.
Prayer- O God, thank You for so many blessings along the way in this life. Thank You for Jesus' act of extravagant generosity and sacrificial giving of Himself on the cross that serves as a model for His followers. Help me be a good steward of everything You provide- all that I am and all that I have. Guide me also to the best possible ways to honor and serve the poor whom You love so much. Amen.
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:3),