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Who You Say I Am: Hillsong Worship
Your worth is not found in what you can give from your pocket, but what is given from your heart.
Where has the year gone? Seriously, we’re on the cusp of December! Today is a 5th Thursday stand-alone posting. This past Thanksgiving weekend I went through a 3-day encounter with Christ. Our theme song was Who You Say I Am, by Hillsong Worship. As I thought to what I could possibly speak on, the Lord revealed to me about His provision.
With Christmas season basically running the last half of the year, I am going to do a mash between topics. Hope in a season of giving. We as a culture have skipped seasons. Much like Kentucky weather, we forget what season we are in. We can live for the next event. Rushed. Have you ever paused to think about what you have? To be honest you’re probably more well off than what you give yourself credit. Like most people, we probably have more than we could ever need. So what does this have anything to do with hope or giving?
What if today you lost everything, would you be ok? Could you survive? Do you have support, that would lend a helping hand?
“And when Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, a woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table. But when His disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste? For this fragrant oil might have been sold for much and given to the poor.” But when Jesus was aware of it, He said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a good work for Me. For you have the poor with you always, but Me you do not have always. For in pouring this fragrant oil on My body, she did it for My burial. Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.”
Matthew 26:6-13 NKJV
You have to get all of the picture. Every piece vital. Her giving cost her something. Her open rebuke was not without acknowledgment from a king of mercy. Her love stained this world. A Father made a place for her!!
This woman brought a flask of oil that’s cost had well-known value. Her act of service to pour it on Jesus was all she had to give. She knew her king and His worth and that there weren’t any riches in the world to give Him what He deserves. So she gave ALL she had. Not quarter of the bottle. Not half the bottle. Not everything but a drop. She gave her best, her ALL.
Then in return, she was openly mocked. I think of the movie the Grinch, Jim Carrey version. When the little Grinch gave his best to the girl he loved. But it didn’t make sense to the other kids. However, it was cherished by the one it was meant for. That’s what happening here. Others did not receive or understand the meaning behind her gift. But the one she loves did.
“and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil.”
Luke 7:38 NKJV
This woman went above and beyond. To display her thankfulness. It wasn’t easy. A well-known sinner, it took faith for her to risk it. To risk vulnerability. To risk love. To risk worshiping. She again gave it ALL. Her best! Her love was more than enough.
During this season you may feel like you have nothing to give. You may feel like anything and everything is costly. There are still simple acts that carry the borders of love. It’s your heart gift. Say, “I love you,” to someone who has done for you. Better yet someone that has done nothing for you. A smile to warm a heart of the unappreciated, or forgotten. Take time to listen to someone who is never heard.
It’s not about what you are given, but how it is given. Check your heart, Am I doing this out of habit or is there an ALL potential I could be reaching? Could I have a symbol alabaster box I could pour out to the people I love?
Not everyone will get your “why” in giving, but don’t let that stop you. It’s not about what everyone else thinks. We have to stop letting other people control our next step. If God has told you to do it and you feel peace, believe in Him above all else.
In the same return, don’t forget God doesn’t expect anything in return.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16 NKJV
He gave the best gift ever, His son! He didn’t have to give. But because of His heart of love, He gave ALL. It cost God something. People don’t understand it. Some reject it. But He didn’t let that stop Him.
So in this season of busy remember to pause and remember your ”why” in giving this season. Are you doing it with the right heart? Join us next week as we begin learning about joy. Joy in all things.
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Hello friends, I’m Marco. I’m an RN, & founder of Four Winds, a ministerial blog.
I have a heart for this generation to know who they are & whose they are. I also contend for revival to cover college campuses. As well as preach the word until every nation has heard. Sharing Jesus with all, & showing the love that was once shown me.