Use what you have

So this week at church the youth department were asked to look into the topic of using what you have. We looked into the feeding of the 5000. The story is well known for the miracle of th feeding the masses with only a little.

When looking into the topic – Mary at the supper of which Jesus and Lazarus was at came to mind. Specifically what she did with her hair.

“..Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.  Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him,  Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?  This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.  Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this…”
John 12:1‭-‬8 KJV

We see from many scriptures that a womans hair was a very important and valuable part of her. 1chor 11:15 – “But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.” Being her glory, it amazed me that this woman would use the very glory she had to minister to Jesus. She was willing to lay down her glory, something of importance and value to her as a woman at the feet of Jesus.

Now considering the time and the types of garments they wore, I’m sure she could have used her skirt, or some other fabric to do this. Or, considering they were having a meal it would been likely there would have been towels to wipe your hands with that she could have used. Being at a home, maybe she could have even asked for a towel to wipe the feet of Jesus, but she took the very hair on her head, her glory, to wipe his feet.

She was willing to use what she had. Both things were of much cost but meant nothing to her when it came to ministering to Jesus. One translation says that the oil was worth a years wages, but she was willing to lay it down for the sake of ministering to Jesus.

What is it that you have that represents your glory? Are you willing to give up your GLORY for the GLORY of God?

The little lad with his lunch never left his house with an intention to feed the masses. BUT he was willing to give it up. Whether he knew what would come of it or not, we don’t hear of any arguing or altercation between  the disciples and child about this food, in fact it was a deciple who said “what is it amung so many”. He didn’t see how such a small thing could make any difference to such a great need. Just how another deciple thought Mary should have sold the expensive oil and given the money to the poor ( not that he even cared for the poor! Cheek!)

Matthew 6:21 : where your treasure is there will your heart be also.

Hebrews 6:10 says : God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them

When the deciple tried to have a go at Mary for her act of Love to Jesus, Jesus was quick to rebuke him and told him to leave her alone! God will always stand by your act of service and sacrifice to Him, irrespective of how it seems to others.
Sometimes we (like Abraham and his promised  child) have to be willing to give up what we love, our treasure, our glory. Not begrudgingly..(God loves a cheerful giver) but in faith knowing He is no man’s debtor! Never will God require from you what He can’t return in good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over.

Give what you have to God knowing that He loves a cheerful giver, knowing that He is not unjust to forget your labours, and knowing that He will stand by your sacrifice and have your back despite the opinions of others.

 

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