Lavish Worship – A HEAR Journal Entry

Today, I want to continue to experiment with a form of journaling that I learned a few years ago and was recently reminded of.

H – Highlight

Mark 14:3-9 – 3 And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head. 4 There were some who said to themselves indignantly, “Why was the ointment wasted like that? 5 For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they scolded her. 6 But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 7 For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me. 8 She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial. 9 And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.”

Mark 14:4-5 – 4 There were some who said to themselves indignantly, “Why was the ointment wasted like that? 5 For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they scolded her.

Mark 14:6c – She has done a beautiful thing to me.

Mark 14:9 – And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.”

E – Explain

The story is familiar. Judas and others are greedy, believing the act of worship the woman performed in pouring out her oil was wasteful. Jesus calls it beautiful and promises it will be remembered forever.

A – Application

No act of true worship of the Lord is wasteful. I must not think of my worship or my life from a this-worldly perspective. Instead, I must remember that my entire life is to be poured out. Jesus, in his grace, can make this offering a beautiful thing. I have confidence that Jesus will not forget all that is sacrificed for his glory.

Worship with all I have. Trust that Jesus will receive my entire life and keep it forever.

R – Response

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for taking my unworthy life and making it yours through your death and resurrection. I pray that you will empower me to give you my all, and not to consider any part of my life too much to offer to you. I thank you that you do not forget acts of true worship.