Giving Your All

It was all that I had,
my most prized possession,
such a heady aroma,
filling the air.

I’d been saving it
for a special occasion,
the right moment,
worthy of it’s enormity.

now is the time.
the time
to offer it,
to pour it out.
Not carefully
and gently,
but with great abondon,
without counting the cost.

Now is the time of offering,
of giving your all,
what is valued most.
Of letting go,
without cost.

He is about to do that for me,
the least I can do,
is give my all to him.

John 12:1-11 (CEV)

At Bethany

12 Six days before Passover Jesus went back to Bethany, where he had raised Lazarus from death. A meal had been prepared for Jesus. Martha was doing the serving, and Lazarus himself was there.

Mary took a very expensive bottle of perfume and poured it on Jesus’ feet. She wiped them with her hair, and the sweet smell of the perfume filled the house.

A disciple named Judas Iscariot was there. He was the one who was going to betray Jesus, and he asked, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold for three hundred silver coins and the money given to the poor?” Judas did not really care about the poor. He asked this because he carried the moneybag and sometimes would steal from it.

Jesus replied, “Leave her alone! She has kept this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor with you, but you won’t always have me.”

A Plot To Kill Lazarus

A lot of people came when they heard that Jesus was there. They also wanted to see Lazarus, because Jesus had raised him from death. 10 So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus. 11 He was the reason that many of the Jewish leaders were turning from them and putting their faith in Jesus.


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