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Take It With You 03.06.2022

Have you ever considered that Jesus was given extravagant gifts at the beginning of his earthly life and again towards the end?  Magi brought gifts and bowed down and worshiped Him, their heads at Jesus’ little baby/toddler feet, just like the last extravagant gift recorded was also at His feet.  This time though, cracked, worn, dusty feet, that would only days later journey to Calvary and be nailed to a cross.

In today’s scripture, Mary poured an expensive perfume, worth a year’s wages on Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. To Judas, her gift was extravagant. But how is anything too extravagant when Jesus gave His life in exchange for our sin?  

“I gave, I gave My life for thee, What hast thou done for Me?” (I Gave My Life for Thee)

What are we holding tight to, bad or good, that we aren’t giving to Jesus?  Pride, Envy, Greed, and Bitterness are all difficult to let go of, and keep us from full communion with God. Even “good things” keep us from being at the feet of Jesus.  Although called to serve, it’s easy to get caught up in serving/doing to the point that time with Jesus is lacking.  Or maybe it’s the choice of one more email, text, social media check, Netflix or even listening to a Christian podcast or sermon…  instead of spending time WITH Jesus.

Chris Tomlin’s song, “We Fall Down” is a vivid text image for me of giving everything to Jesus.
We fall down, we lay our crowns, at the feet of Jesus.
The greatness of, mercy and love, at the feet of Jesus. 

May we “turn our eyes upon Jesus” as we “lay our crowns,” both ugly and extravagant….at His feet. May we sing with extravagant hearts, “My life I give, henceforth to live, O Christ for Thee alone.”

~ Kerri Hurley