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November 14, 2022


Extravagant Generosity

“Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.” (John 12:3)

I am rather stingy with my money. I often look for the most “bang for my buck.” While in some cases such frugal practice maybe wise, there are also many times when generosity honors God and blesses others. I learned that after several of my now adult children had their first jobs waiting on tables at local restaurants. Their meager hourly wages were dependant on tips for a reasonable income. Now, I think often of my kids and their first jobs, when I add a generous tip to my restaurant bill. I hope it blesses those who work hard waiting on tables.

We see a picture of extravagant generosity in today’s key verse. Mary, a lady who loved and honored Jesus, used a valuable family resource simply to express her love for the Savior. This generous gift was worth more than a year’s wages (see verse 5). That was extravagant!

Was Jesus worthy of such extravagant worship? YES! He received this extravagant gift with grace and appreciation. It honored and blessed Him as He walked into Jerusalem and faced His death on a Roman cross.

We can learn from Mary’s extravagant gift. We too can honor the Lord Jesus by significant giving to ministry in His kingdom and for His glory. Stingy is not a good description for a follower of Jesus.

Question: How can I excel at honoring Jesus today? Have I been too stingy at supporting work in His name?

Challenge: Jesus is worthy, no matter how costly my gifts to Him might be.

Prayer: Jesus, build in me a generous heart and a willingness to give You more and more of my life and my resources.

Dude Garrett, Chapel Leader -- Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks



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