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Devotional

Full of Worth

by PAULA ROBERTS WORSHIPING GOD Grief, loss, & depression
Full of Worth
“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.”
John 12:3

Covid-19… it slapped us. While the sting of denied European ministry left our cheeks red and our plans scrambled, the real whack hit deeper in our hearts. Plans to meet with flesh from our flesh–our global working daughter and son in law–drained away. The anticipated hugs, the little gifts exchanged, the face-to-face checking “are you really ok?” went from being just days away, to well, who knows when. Though I knew others faced much deeper gashes, my faith remained stretched, and I found I must choose.  


Mary, Mary, sister of Lazarus. Did you have to choose, too? Was it a conscious decision to walk away from the kitchen and a watching sister?  Did you think twice when you entered a (presumably) man’s domain to sit at Jesus’ feet? Was it what you had learned at His feet that day that later made you realize He had the power that could’ve kept your brother alive? What glory it must have been when you understood His power was more than you had imagined. Wonder upon wonder, your brother Lazarus was alive!  


Mary, Mary, you chose: you had listened, you had learned, and you had seen. All of this must have led you to a decision. Again denying tradition, with your hair loose, you went with nard in hand—that precious substance that was probably your financial future. Focused on His precious feet, Mary, Mary, you poured out your future. Your worship, Mary, it smelled of His worth.  


So, Paula, Paula, (your name here) what will you choose? You have listened, you have learned, and you have seen. Will the scent of your prayer be of worry, or like Mary’s, His worth? 


Closing Prayer
Father, you are so much more than our hearts and minds can understand. We limit you with our worry, we diminish your worth with our worry, and, oftentimes, our prayers are simply worry’s rumination. Father, please help us. You have so much more power than we can comprehend, so may we offer our worries in praise. Amen.
Resources
Book: Who Switched Off My Brain by Dr. Caroline Leaf God designed our brains, and as man grows in His knowledge of how our brains work, we see over and over again why God uses verses like “…be transformed by the renewing of your mind,” Romans 12:2b, and “… whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8b to exhort us. Scientific proof now shows the truth of God’s Word; our brains actually change secondary to our thoughts. Who Switched Off My Brain by Dr. Caroline Leaf gives an easy to read explanation of the nature of our brains and practical tips for re-wiring your thought life.
Question for Reflection

What bruise in your heart, if given completely to Him, would smell of the incense of praise? Does Matthew 4:10 “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve,”” interact with your thoughts?

Comments
Paula Roberts
April 02, 2021

I was almost shocked when God revealed how my worry, caused by sin and/or Satan’s pull, is a clear reflection of how much worth I give Him. This realization clarified my view of worship, allowing me, like Mary, to pour my perceived hold of the future at His feet.


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