the worship priority


November 2015 (24)Mark 14:3-9

3 While he was staying at Bethany in the house of Simon the leprous, as he reclined at the table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of very costly myrrh of nard, and she broke open the flask and poured it out on his head. 4 But some were there who said to one another in anger, “Why was the myrrh destroyed like this? 5 Because this myrrh could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii, and the money given to the poor.” And they severely criticized her. 6 But Jesus said, “Leave her alone; why are you bothering her? She has worked a good work as far as I am concerned. 7 Because you always have the poor with you, and you can show kindness to them whenever you want to; but you will not always have me. 8 She has done what she could; she has put myrrh on my body beforehand for the burial. 9 I guarantee you, wherever the excellent message is proclaimed in the whole world, her work will be spoken of in remembrance of her.”

the worship priority

Jesus rebuked the critics of this woman and her expensive gift. They were right about the perfumed oil. It could have been sold and invested in a number of worthy causes. But she had done a good thing for the Lord himself. She was engaging in worship, and that will always take priority for believers. It touches our eternal purpose, and honours our eternal king.

Let the world ridicule our worship practices and criticize our devotion to him. They can only do this for a short while, because that is all they have. But when we worship Jesus, we are reaching into our own destiny. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

LORD, show us how to worship you extravagantly, like your daughter did that day.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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