What Did Mary Have? She did not have

What Did Mary Have?  She did not have

What Did Mary Have? She did not have much to offer But she did have costly ointment Everyone gave of his substance in his own way, but they did not think of anointing Jesusexcept for Mary She loved Him so much that she gave her most precious possession She did not give in a cold, haughty manner but took on the form of a servantwashing His feet with costly ointment and then drying them with

her hair Giving Your Best The greatest servant gives his best to the one he serves He holds nothing back but works tirelessly to please The one who loves most, serves most He who loved so much that He gave, expects us to love with the same feeling He does not ask of us any more than He asked

of Himself What Does Love Cost? Love costs something God does not want merely part of us, but He wants all of us Love cannot always be measured in the abundance of a gift, but in what it costs the giver Mary gave her alabaster Jesus gave His life The widow gave all she had

Often the value of a gift is determined by the degree of sacrifice Love Is Sacrifice David did not want to use something that did not cost him anything, for he knew God wanted a sacrifice We "are bought with a price" A cost was involved to redeem us, just as there is cost involved in our service Everyone has some ointment

Let us not hoard it, but pour it on the Lord's feet as Mary did We can serve the Lord today by serving His body, the church Love Is Serving Serving is not looking out for number one It is not seeking easy roads or shunning responsibility to the hungry and needy Doing the will of the Father is a great thing, but it can be a lonely experience at times

It can make a person harassed, distressed, and exhausted Jesus does not want us to have permanent burnout, disillusionment, or bitterness He wants us to give our all, but He also wants us to take time to withdraw when we feel resentment or too much pressure What Does God Expect From Us? He did not mean for us to despise our relatives

or do harm to them He did not mean for us to stand in front of a car and be killed He simply meant that He is to be first in our lives He wants our love, dreams, will, ambitions, and motives to be nailed to the cross We do not have to die physically on a cross He did that for usbut we do have to pay the cost of discipleship What Is Discipleship?

To be a disciple means that our allegiance is to the Master We operate under His orders and His requirements Pledges To The Lord Do Not Come Without Weariness, pain, perils of death, loneliness, frustrations, and sometimes being misunderstood They will lead us into unfamiliar, uncomfortable,

and difficult places When we measure all the discomforts up to the sacrifice of the Cross, they pale into nothingness When measured up against Paul, our fellow laborer, somehow the difficulties do not seem quite so bad The Service Of Love Is not burdensome, but it is secure and lasting Cost means nothing, because there is love

Mary did not even consider cost; she only knew that she loved This is the level of service the Master desires of His children How Do I Begin? We must be seized by the urgency of the hour We must plan our strategyplan our work and work our plan Let us give because we love Him and care about His purpose

Let us get on fire with it and carrying out His desires Give your best wherever He places you and in whatever you are doing Everywhere you go, be His light An Honor Worth Living For We do not think much of duty when we are love slaves to Jesus Christ; we feel privileged to work in His service

To be owned by Him, commanded by Him, to be in His presence and associated with Him is the highest honor Concluding Remarks From David Livingstone Can that be called a sacrifice which is simply paid back as a small part of the great debt owing to our God, which we can never repay? Is that a sacrifice which brings its own reward of healthful activity, the consciousness of doing

good, peace of mind, and a bright hope of a glorious destiny hereafter? Away with such a word, such a view, and such a thought! It is emphatically no sacrifice. Say rather it is a privilege." David Livingstone

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