Bible Reading: Matthew 26:1-19
It’s one thing for us to say that we love Jesus…but how can we show Him that we love Him, in a real, tangible way? Just days before Jesus was crucified, one lady found a way. What she did became an example for us.
Thoughts about God for My Grandkids:
Everybody likes to smell good, right? Well you should, anyway. Nobody likes to be around a stinky person. But, how much do you like to smell good? What’s it worth to you? $10.00, $100.00, $1,000.00? Evidently, it is worth a whole lot more than that to some people. A famous perfume maker named Roja Dove created a perfume called Imperial Majesty. It is the world’s most expensive perfume and it costs $215,000.00 for 16.9 ounces. That’s $12,722.00 per ounce. That’s a lot. A Coca Cola can holds 12 ounces. That means that one Coca Cola can full of Imperial Majesty would cost $152,664.00. The average American makes around $65,000.00 per year. That means that if you are an average American…you could work for an entire year…buy nothing…save every penny that you made (I don’t know how you would buy a home, pay for food, insurance, car, clothes, and everything else)…and then you could buy a little less than one-half of a Coca Cola can of Imperial Majesty. You would spend every single penny that you made for an entire year. But the good news is…you would smell good. Well, I hope so. For that much money…it had better smell good!
Jesus was crucified on Friday. The day before, on Thursday, He was in the home of a friend of His, named Simon. His friends called him, “Simon the leper”…perhaps because he had been a leper that Jesus had healed. Jesus was sitting on the floor when a woman walked up to Him. She had a beautiful bottle in her hand that was filled to the top with perfume. It was very, very expensive…worth a year’s salary (Mark 14:5). Sound familiar? She took the top off of the bottle and gently poured the entire contents onto Jesus’ head. It was her way of expressing her love to Him. That perfume was the most valuable thing that she owned. Maybe, it was all that she owned. She had saved her money for years and years to buy it. And now, she was giving it all to Jesus. It was her way of saying that she was giving all that she had…she was giving herself…to Jesus. She was telling Jesus how much she loved Him.
You know something…that’s the same thing that Jesus wants from you. He wants…you…all of you. You see, when you give Jesus, “you”…all of “you”…then the entire rest of “you”…your life…will fall in line. We tend to think that Jesus wants our money, and our time, and our devotion, and our…, and our…, and our…it goes on and on. But the truth is. Jesus wants you…all of you. When God gets “you”…then He has all of “you”. When you give all of your love to God…well, what more could you ever give? What more would God ever want from you?
So, how much is God worth to you? It’s important that you tell Him. So, just like the lady…why don’t you pour out your love on Jesus!
Love you more than bunches and bunches,