Summary: We must remember that worship is our highest priority and it dwarfs every other offering we can make for Jesus. He treasures worship more than all our service. It is love behind the service that makes the fragrance. Do not get discouraged if others misund
Worship the King (Mark 14:1-10)
Even though many people may down play the importance of offering our best in worship, let us remember the lessons that Mary gives us about worshiping the King. When we worship the King we fulfill God’s highest calling in our life. While the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for a way to arrest Jesus, Mary expressed her loving worship of Jesus in a way that He commanded all to remember. While Judas Iscariot plotted to betray Jesus, the perfume offering of Mary must have provided great inspiration for the suffering He had to prepare for.
Quote: What is worship? Worship is to feel in your heart and express in some appropriate manner a humbling but delightful sense of admiring awe and astonished wonder and overpowering love in the presence of that most ancient Mystery, that Majesty which philosophers call the First Cause, but which we call Our Father Which Are in Heaven.
A.W. Tozer, quoted in D.J. Fant, A.W. Tozer, Christian Publications, 1964, p. 90.
1. WORSHIP OUT OF LOVE - Jesus told the disciples to leave Mary alone since they were berating her for wasting a year’s wages of on the perfume offering. Jesus said, "Leave her alone. Why berate her for doing such a good thing to me? You will always have the poor among you and you can help them whenever you wat to. But I will not be here with you much longer." (Mark 14:6,7) Mary taught us all that love cannot always be calculated in dollars and cents. If Mary had only used a few drops of perfume the story would never have been passed down through the centuries. When love is so great we have to give our all to Jesus.
Quote: True biblical worship so satisfies our total personality that we don’t have to shop around for man-made substitutes. William Temple made this clear in his masterful definition of worship:
For worship is the submission of all our nature to God. It is the quickening of conscience by His holiness; the nourishment of mind with His truth; the purifying of imagination by His beauty; the opening of the heart to His love; the surrender of will to His purpose -- and all of this gathered up in adoration, the most selfless emotion of which our nature is capable and therefore the chief remedy for that self-centeredness which is our original sin and the source of all actual sin.
Warren W. Wiersbe, The Integrity Crisis, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1991, p. 119.
2. WORSHIP WITH WHAT WE HAVE - Jesus said, "She has done what she could." (Mark 14:8) We must begin to worship the Lord with all our heart, soul, strength, mind and resources. Realize that the most valuable assets are what Jesus wants from us. When we give him what we have, our time, talents and affections, He is well pleased. Do not think you can give Jesus the leftovers because He wants all of you.
3. WORSHIP IS INDIVIDUALLY GAUGED BY JESUS - Jesus gauged Mary’s level of maturity and understanding as He looked at her heart. He saw in Mary a heart’s affection, adoration, and love. Man will continue to look at the outward apppearances, but God always looks at the heart. Be sure to let your heart felt love, honor and respect for Jesus to be shown before others so that they can gain greater inspiration, instruction and illumination of the value of worship for their own lives.