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Scripture Reference: Gospel of John 12: 1-7, Matthew 26: 6-13, Mark 14: 3-9
Mary of Bethany took action; she did something…
Discussion Point 2: “She acted out of her love. She knew that Jesus loved her, and she loved him back. She lived loved. That’s the whole point of the gospel, isn’t it?” Elisa Morgan, page 12
Yes, that is the point of the gospel. You believe and therefore, you do. We do not act out of obligation or earning; we do so out of love. We know that we are loved and blessed, and through us, the world will be blessed.
Mary knew that Jesus loved her, and she seized the opportunity to reciprocate that love by anointing him for burial. None of us will be able to rub oil on Jesus’ feet. Then again, I don’t know, there may be spas in Heaven. On the other hand, we have been given the privilege to express our love for Christ, by the way that we love and treat others.
“Then the righteous will answer him, Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King (Jesus) will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the lease of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25: 37-40 emphasis added, New International Version
We express our love for Christ by the way that we love others. We have several opportunities (some of which are listed in the above mentioned scriptures) to express our love to God and others. Sometimes we miss opportunities simply because we don’t seize the moments. God has already equipped us with every gift and talent needed to respond in a way that would be pleasing to him. Expressing our love towards God is the very reason that there is a diversity of skills among us.
So, if you are gifted in teaching, then teach well…serving, serve well…cooking, cook well. Say “Hello.” Smile. Listen. Care. Encourage. Be a Peacemaker. Don’t miss these small opportunities to express love to another. One small jester may result in a big change in someone else’s life.
How do we miss this element of the gospel? What if we each seized our “moments” to express love?