How I love Jesus! His presence is so real, I feel like I am resting in his embrace. I wish for everybody to know him.
How can I show him my love? That’s the big question! Big or small, he knows our heart, but no gift for Jesus is too big. The disciples one time thought a gift was too much. Read on and see!
Let me tell you of a big gift in modern times. It happened in a “homeless” church in California. While searching for a permanent building, they were meeting in a borrowed gymnasium.
A newlywed couple visited for their first Sunday. The young bride had a beautiful and very expensive wedding ring (worth $16,000). When the collection was made for the new building, this young bride gave her ring to the building fund. The pastor felt overwhelmed and first did not want to accept the gift.
Can a gift for Jesus and his work be too big?
Jesus sees things differently than we do. When he walked on earth here was a widow that gave the smallest gift we can imagine (in our eyes)—“two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny” (Mark 12:42). In Jesus’ eyes she gave more than everybody else. She gave all that she had to live on! For Jesus it was a BIG gift.
Mary from Bethany gave Jesus a “big” gift. Six days before the Passover she showed her love for him with a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume. She poured it on Jesus’ feet, and then she wiped them with her hair. And so, the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume!
Not everybody appreciated her gift of love. Judas Iscariot, the one who would betray Jesus, complained, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” There will always be complainers and people that don’t understand us when we shower our love on Jesus. But He understands and he sees our heart.
A year’s wages! “Why this waste?” asked the disciples indignant. “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor” (Matthew 26:8,9). Nothing we give to Jesus is a waste! Nothing it too big for him!
“Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “She did what she could.”
“Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. I tell you the truth, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” Mark 14:6-9
Back to the bride with the ring. Her husband must have made a big sacrifice to buy that ring. Maybe he even was paying if off on credit. But here was an opportunity to show her love for Jesus, and she gave the ring!
The widow gave a fraction of a penny, but it was all she had.
The perfume Mary poured on Jesus was worth a year’s wages. All week, wherever Jesus went, the fragrance of the perfume lingered. In midst of the spitting, the beatings, the ridicule, the unfair treatment—Jesus and those around him could smell perfume. There was someone that loved Jesus so much that she didn’t mind pouring on him all she had worked hard to save up.
Not all the time will our gifts of love boomerang back to us as the gift of the ring did. Hear this! Someone in the congregation that heard about the ring offered to buy it, but on one condition: that the ring be given back to the young bride.
Can you imagine her surprise when she got it back? Thanks to her gift love, the church had $16,000 for the building fund. She did what she could, just like Mary with the perfume, and the widow with the copper coins.
What can you and I do this Easter to show Jesus our love? No love-offering, no sacrifice is too big for him.
May our surroundings be filled with the fragrance of our love for Jesus, our Savior!
Do you not have a personal relationship with Jesus? Send me a comment and we can strike up a conversation. I would love to help you find your way to a relationship with the Lord. Jesus loves you so much he gave his life for you on the cross.