Devotion

John 11:2: It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was ill. (ESV)

One thing marked Mary out- her devotion to Jesus. There cannot be devotion without attachment and commitment.

In the area of attachment, we saw Mary sit at the feet of Jesus drawing words from him, risking the anger of her sister who was busy for Jesus (Luke 10:38-42). There was an attachment to seeing the face of Jesus, to spending time with him,

But Mary did not stop there, from the focus verse we see that Mary did things for Jesus (she sat at the feet of Jesus, and cleaned them with her hair), but because she was coming from the base on personal devotion, her public devotion was on point. Later Jesus will say, she prepared him for burial (Luke 26:6-13).

She did not just identify with Jesus privately, she did it publicly also, lavishing him with worship. She exhibited uncommon commitment in the acts she took, pouring on Jesus a precious ointment and also wiping his feet with her hair (financial and physical commitment).

She was not content to show love to Jesus in her room, but she made it public. Everyone in the room witnessed her devotion, and she received commendation for that, for what she gave to Jesus and the risk she took, the dirt she cleaned off Jesus to take on herself, she did not care how she looked in order to make Jesus look good.

 

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