Today our worship leader brought up the passage in which Mary anoints Jesus’ head with costly oil and wipes his feet with her hair, his point being that she didn’t dab a little perfume on Him measuring out a reasonable portion of the expensive ointment. Instead she poured all of it on his head in an extravagant, over the top demonstration of adoration.
Yes this is a good picture of what it means to engage in worship!
As I listened, I realized that Mary was looking beyond her circumstances, beyond her ability to worship, beyond what others would think. She wasn’t doing this because she put down her foot that morning and declared she would be a better worshipper. She didn’t do this because she felt guilty about not doing enough for Jesus in the past. She wasn’t responding to a great motivational speech.
This was a natural overflow.
She was created to worship and she was connected to the source of worship.
The Holy Spirit inside of us cries, “Abba Father, Daddy God … I love you!”
She dove into His love.
It is so much like taking a plunge into a pool. You can’t plunge halfway, part-way, or “a little today, a little tomorrow”. You just jump in and your state is changed.
You are now in the water and it is all over you!
Mary chose to see His love for her. She chose to see who He was. She focused on His attributes and lost track of her own.
What happens if you stop worrying about being worthy to worship? What happens if you believe that the only righteousness you have is His righteousness and that that is all you need? What if you can always come to Him because you have been cleansed by his blood? What if you truly believe you are completely forgiven and that the love the Father has for you is the same love He has for his Son because you are now hidden in Christ?
What if it doesn’t depend upon you to be particularly talented at singing, praying, focusing but you have an open invitation to make a joyful noise and enjoy your amazing Father God who loves to hear your voice and absolutely enjoys you? What if letting go of your fears and burdens and vocalizing His care for you might put a thousand demons to flight? What if singing of His greatness aligns your heart with His love connecting the current of His power to flow in ways you never imagined. What if you are singing over your city or over a nation or over one tormented soul about to receive the very revelation that will unite them to the delivering hand of God?
None of this has anything to do with us.
It is all real when we dive into Him.
The first step is to open your heart to His love.
Boldly believe “my Daddy in heaven absolutely loves me.”
His plan for me fulfills my desires in an intimate personal way.
He brings me to rest.
He empowers my life as I trust in
- His ability,
- His devotion to me,
- The perfect life He lived for me.
Now I come to Him clothed in His robes of righteousness and realize it is a garment of Praise!
Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. John 12:3