And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head.
Mark 14:3 ESV
I remember a debate, years ago, about whether, in Christ, we are ‘saved to serve’? Well, yes and no. When we are genuinely saved, we will serve, because ‘faith without works is dead’. Yes, we are saved by faith alone, but no, faith is never alone. As a child, faith taught me, ‘Jesus loves me…’. Only later did I begin to think I needed to (or even could) do something more to earn or to keep his love. The right response to love is love, though love, like faith, is never alone. This final brief post on the theme of our abandonment to God also comes from Oswald Chambers…
Oswald Chambers writes…. “Have I ever been carried away to do something for God not because it was my duty, nor because it was useful, nor because there was anything in it at all beyond the fact that I love Him? Have I ever realised that I can bring to God things which are of value to Him ….? Not Divine, colossal things which could be recorded as marvelous, but ordinary, simple human things which will give evidence to God that I am abandoned to Him? Have I ever produced in the heart of the Lord Jesus what Mary of Bethany produced?
“There are times when it seems as if God watches to see if we will give Him the abandoned tokens of how genuinely we do love Him. Abandon to God is of more value than personal holiness. Personal holiness focuses the eye on our own whiteness; we are greatly concerned about the way we walk and talk and look, fearful lest we offend Him. Perfect love casts out all that when once we are abandoned to God.
“We have to get rid of this notion – ‘Am I of any use?’ – and make up our minds that we are not, and we may be near the truth. It is never a question of being of use, but of being of value to God Himself. When we are abandoned to God, He works through us all the time.”
From Oswald Chambers in My Utmost for His Highest