What Extravagant Love!!


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There are many ways we like to express our feelings towards the people around us we love and care about.

A hug, a kiss, a word, a note, a flower, a gift and the list goes on.

Two different women in the Bible express their feelings toward a person they cared for so much in a very similar way.

The one was a prostitute. She learned that He was having dinner at the Pharisee’s house and she went there to find Him. Here is the story: ”

36 When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. 38 As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet,he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”40 Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”“Tell me, teacher,” he said.41 “Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”43 Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.44 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet.47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 49 The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”  Luke 7:36-50 

The other woman was Mary the sister of Lazarus and Martha. Mary has three different stories in the Bible.  The first story is found in Luke 10:38-42 when Jesus visits her home.  While her sister Martha spends her time running around trying to serve Jesus and doing all the household chores, Mary sits at Jesus’ feet and listens to every word He has to say.  The second story is in John 11:1-44 when her brother Lazarus dies and Jesus resurrects him. The third story is found in Matthew, Mark and John. I read the passage in John 12:1-8. ”

12 Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. 3 Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

4 But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, 5 “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” 6 He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.

7 “Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. 8 You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”

Jesus knows that these are His last days before His crucifixion. I just love the fact that He wanted to spend His last days with His closest friends. Isn’t this what we all too like to do when we are going through or knowing that we will be going through some difficult situations in our life.  While He was there, Mary came to Him with a very expensive jar of perfume and poured it over him and washed His feet her hair.

We can learn so much from Mary’s story.She knew that there was a time and a place to worship Jesus, regardless of the cost. She did not care what others might say or think about her nor did she did she care that the perfume was very costly. The only thing she cared about was spending time with Jesus. Sitting at His feet, listening and savoring every word He said. She only desired to worship Jesus. She desired to give Him her all in all. She wanted to express her love in the best way possible. She desired to pour out extravagant love for the Lover of her soul  – Jesus

We like to do pour out our love and affection for those we love in our lives. What about though for Jesus whose love for us is extravagant? It is important that we take the time to stop everything and spend time with Him. Sit at His feet, speak to Him( by praying) but also listen to Him ( learning to be still and also reading His word). Express our love by offering extravagant worship to Him. For many of us, to truly spend time with Jesus on a daily basis may prove to be costly. We don’t seem to mind spending time on other things and we usually say it was worth the sacrifice… How much more though for the One who sacrificed His life for us?

His disciples seemed to disagree at first,but Jesus confirmed that Mary had set her priorities straight. Mary could have spent her time helping Martha, serving the guests but she knew that spending time with Jesus was more important than everything else.

I know that haven’t reached that place yet and there are many days that I mess up my priorities and end up spending not even a few minutes with Him. We sing songs of worship that declare we love Him, that we worship Him with all our heart, that we desire no one or anything beside Him, but do we truly understand the words we are saying and are we truly sincere?

Both these women expressed Extravagant Love.

My prayer for myself and all of us is that we spend more time sitting at His feet daily, listening to His voice speak to our heart and pouring out extravagant love and worship to Him who is our ALL IN ALL.

Leaving you with this beautiful song today….

Blessings to all,

Natasha

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14 thoughts on “What Extravagant Love!!

  1. This is what I’m loving about my goal of reading through the Bible every year… the routine that I’m establishing of spending time with Him daily. It is my favorite time of the day.
    Love you sweet friend. Your words are always so refreshing.

    1. That is one of my favourite times of the day too my dearest Beth. Just drawing closer and closer to Him… I love you too so much!!!! xxx

  2. Beautiful, Natasha. What a blessing we have to experience Christ’s extravagant love moment by moment in our day! Thank you so much for encouraging my heart today and linking up with #EverydayJesus. Much love to you, sista.

    1. Sharita, It is such a blessing to link up with you and all the other wonderful writers on #EverdayJesus. Wishing you a blessed and wonderful week!!! Love and hugs to you my dear sister!!!! 🙂

  3. Thanks so much for this thought-provoking post on extravagant, costly love, Natasha.
    Thanks for sharing at Essential Fridays.
    Blessings
    Mel from Essential Thing Devotions

  4. Thanks so much for sharing from your deep passion for the Lord … Your love for Him is inspiring 🙂 Be blessed, dear one! LOVE THE SONG!

    1. I love linking up with you and all the beautiful other ladies at Testimony Tuesday my dearest Holly! Sending you much love xoxoxo

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