每日诗歌: Be thou my vision (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CMclLT_Hjg)
2 Chronicles 1 [Read]
2 Chronicles 2 [Read]
2 Chronicles 3 [Read]
John 12:1-19 [Read]
In the first summer after I came to the US for my graduate study, I had a special experience. I worked as a waiter in a restaurant in New York City. It’s a small place in a busy neighborhood, and we usually had a lot of customers, including rich businessmen, young students, and retired people. Regardless of their background and social status, they all had one thing in common. When they came into the restaurant, they expected to be served the way they wanted. Even though it might sound unreasonable sometimes, as a servant I had to learn to serve them their way.
In today’s NT reading, Jesus was about to enter Jerusalem for his last and most important task on earth. His heart was troubled (12:27), but he knew that it was the very reason he came to the earth. Before he entered the city, he made a last stop in Bethany (12:1). This was the city where he raised Lazarus, and many people were still talking about what happened not too long ago.
Mary seemed to know what would happen in the coming week, and she took the opportunity to show her undivided love towards her master. She brought a bottle of pure nard, a very expensive perfume (12:3), and anointed Jesus. The cost of that perfume was as much as one year worth of wage for a regular worker, but she poured it on Jesus without regret. It’s a beautiful thing she did (Mk 14:6).
Judah disagreed. “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor?” (12:5). It’s a legitimate reason, but the problem was that it’s the way he wanted to serve the Lord. John uniquely recorded the real reason behind Judah’s comment: “because he was a thief” (12:6). But even if he was not, he was still way off in understanding the Lord’s own heart.
We all struggle with this problem. We, including myself, tend to serve God in ways we think are best for the Kingdom. We often use logic to determine the most effective ways to serve the Lord, somewhat like the way Judah was thinking. But the real point here is to serve God his way, and he definitely has the right to specify that. Let us meditate on this today, and hopefully we can spend more time on finding his will before jumping into service with our own way.
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