Monday – Mark 14:1-12 & Matthew 26:14-15

Read – Mark 14:1-12 & Matthew 26:14-15

How much is Jesus worth to you?

When I retired a couple of years ago, we made the decision to move into a Senior Independent Living apartment at Llanfair. Consequently, we had to significantly downsize from the single-family house we had lived in for 38 years. It is a humbling and convicting experience to go through a lifetime’s accumulation of possessions. I had to make judgments about what things were worth the most to me; because we couldn’t take everything with us. We had to decide what to give away, what to recycle and what to throw away. What were the things that gave me the most joy or I just couldn’t bear to part with?  We had worked hard to plan for the future and hoped we had enough to sustain us for the rest of our lives.  There were a number of things that we had to scrimp, scratch for and save for a long time in order to buy them. Giving those up was like what the Japanese samurai referred to as the “death from a thousand little cuts”. I found myself grieving from losing this part of my life.

I wonder how many years it took for the woman to scrimp, scratch for, and save to buy the expensive perfume to anoint Jesus? How much was her heart’s transformation to love Jesus so much?  Did she love Him with all her heart mind soul and strength?

On the other hand, how broken was Judas? Why was Jesus worth so little to him? Was he narcissistic, power-hungry, or enslaved to money? Had the Enemy of Souls so distorted him that he was incapable of really loving Jesus?

In the Kingdom economy, worth is not based on the gold standard; it is based on the soul standard.

I have concluded that I can’t really love Jesus with all of my heart, mind, soul and strength. I need the Holy Spirit to transform my inner self to become like Jesus to do so.

Reflection and Application:  Spend some time reflecting about your possessions and your attachment to them. If you spent a year’s salary to buy some perfume for anointing Jesus, how hard would that hit you?  Do you love Him with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength?

Prayer: Forgive me Jesus for not loving you enough. Holy Spirit, free me from captivity by my possessions. Transform my spirit to become more like Jesus so that I can love our Father with all of my heart, mind, soul and strength.

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