There are probably about two billion Christians around the globe based on statistics. But then, how many of these believers are genuinely following the Lord? How many of them are doing extravagant worship?
Many are called but few are chosen because barely 5% of that population are truly sold out to the cross. These are the “extremely rare” perfumes Heaven is attracted to. We are called to be “extremely rare” and “set apart” for His purposes.
Mary picked up an alabaster jar filled with nearly a liter of extremely rare and costly perfume—the purest extract of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet. Then she wiped them dry with her long hair. And the fragrance of the costly oil filled the house. -John 12:3 (TPT)
Jesus deserves nothing but our purest of worship. The perfume was not only costly, it was also “extremely rare”. Mary broke open the extremely rare and costly perfume to pour it out on Jesus. The perfume was worth a year’s minimum wage. So, this must’ve been something that Mary held so dear (maybe a family inheritance) but because of her love for Him who deserves it all, she lavished it on His feet without a thought of regrets. She loved so much because she was forgiven so much.
Do you know that you cannot truly worship God apart from breaking your perfume open and pouring it out on Him? Another way is to grow your intimacy with Him.
The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not
reject a broken and repentant heart, O God. -Psalm 51:17 (NLT)
The best sacrifice we can give God is a broken spirit. A broken spirit means losing your confidence on your capability, talents, gifting, possessions, and intellect and starting to totally rely on Him. It’s the admission that there’s absolutely nothing we can offer Him from our own strength that we can boast about before Him.
Subconsciously, many people try to earn God’s approval by doing more for Him. However, the God of the universe who owns it all is not interested in what we can give or do for Him. If there’s anything He’s only interested in, it is our hearts.
Is it Him that your heart craves for? Think about that for a moment. And let it be the benchmark by which you can use to measure your standing with God.
But Judas the locksmith, Simon’s son, the betrayer, spoke up and said, “What a waste! We could have sold this perfume for a fortune and given the money to the poor!” -John 12:4-5(TPT)
Because Judas’ heart did not crave for Him, when he saw what Mary had done, he aired his humane and intelligent opinion that the perfume could have been sold and been given to the poor. Worship will look wasteful in
the eyes of the religious but not from the perspective of the one whom worship is coming from.
While true worship may look wasteful from an outsider’s point of view, it is always extravagant to the insiders.
Like what King David said in 2 Samuel 24:24 “I will not sacrifice to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing…” let us also give God something dear to our hearts. And that for me spells out Q-U-A-L-I-T-Y-T-I-M-E with Him and O-B-E-D-I-E-N-C-E even when sometimes it’s difficult and when things do not always make sense.
“…And the fragrance of the costly oil filled the house. -John 12:3 (TPT)
When genuine worship becomes your lifestyle, it will smell. People may not see it but they will certainly smell the sweet aroma of Christ through you.
ABOUT THE WRITER
Jerwin Rodrigo Gamboa is the author of Intimacy with Jesus. He is the Program Director for Prayer Academy Philippines – training and equipping ground for prayer warriors. He also co-founded Big Hug – a prophetic & evangelistic ministry that reaches out to the lost. His passion is to demonstrate the mind of Christ, the heart of the Father, and the power of the Holy Spirit. He also helps in pastoring their local church. Also, he is a coffee and pet lover. He resides in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines.