Extravagant Love, Extravagant Giving

Day 53  February 22, 2013

“Make something in which the sense of smell is the essential component.”  -from 365 A Daily Creativity Journal by Noah Scalin

“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads in every place the fragrance that comes from knowing him. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing”  2 Corinthians 2:14-15


Imagine being in the room where Jesus and Mary and the others were waiting to be fed.  She sits at his feet and opens her alabaster box containing the expensive perfume.  It is possibly her most prized possession. The whole house is filled with its sweet aroma as she anoints Jesus’ feet and wipes them with her hair…an act of extravagant love, extravagant giving, holding nothing back.  What would our communities look like if we embraced Mary’s way of sharing our most prized possessions in His name?

John 12:1-8 (The Message)   Six days before Passover, Jesus entered Bethany where Lazarus, so recently raised from the dead, was living.   Lazarus and his sisters invited Jesus to dinner at their home. Martha served. Lazarus was one of those sitting at the table with them.    Mary came in with a jar of very expensive aromatic oils, anointed and massaged Jesus’ feet, and then wiped them with her hair. The fragrance of the oils filled the house.    Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples, even then getting ready to betray him, said,    “Why wasn’t this oil sold and the money given to the poor? It would have easily brought three hundred silver pieces.”    He said this not because he cared two cents about the poor but because he was a thief. He was in charge of their common funds, but also embezzled them.    Jesus said, “Let her alone. She’s anticipating and honoring the day of my burial.   You always have the poor with you. You don’t always have me.

About 365MissionalPractice

Love God, Love Christ, Love Others. I am passionate about creating Missional Relationships that encourage disciples to personify Christ's message. As a minister in a Community of Christ congregation in Virginia I am learning everyday what it means to be vulnerable, to risk, to experiment, to share in a world that needs the redemptive healing of Christ. View all posts by 365MissionalPractice

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