Bible Study: Where's your heart tonight?
Verse: John 12:1-6
"Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. Then Mary took about a pint[a] 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.
But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages” 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.
“Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”
How many of you are just so attached to the system and the Worldly/ materialistic things?
No one will accept it though, yet, think about something for a second! Maybe you're so focused and trying to achieve this and that, and we forget everything about God and the spiritual warfare there is! Like, there is a devil out there, he ain't falling asleep at all! He's more awake than ever! So then, what would make you think that is time to take a break from reading the Bible, praying or going to church?
Let me tell you right now if you stop and relent on what's really important: Your relationship with Christ and your purpose on earth, my friend, things will not get better whatsoever!
You'll start focusing on your own pleasures and desires, neglecting the value of things to the point of not being aware of Jesus' warnings and guidance!
This story is a great example of 2 things: Someone who is focused on eternity and someone who is focused on material things!
To summarize it a little bit, here's a wonderful dinner going on organized especially for Jesus! And Mary Magdalene decides to pour a very very very expensive perfume on Jesus' feet as an honorable thing! Yet the purpose of this goes beyond that, this represents His beginning (the beginning of His punishments for you and I) and a symbol of reverence! Mary understood that Jesus' time to suffer was soon! So she didn't care about that expensive perfume, she just gave it all right there!
Yet on the other hand, we have Judas! He tries to lie by saying that this perfume should've been sold to the poor instead of pouring it out like that! Wow like that??? Wow his heart was definitely somewhere else! Well, we find on verse 6 that he wasn't really concerned about the poor, he was a thief and probably wanted that perfume for his own delight!
There's a sin of double-mindness in Judas' life, he thinks God doesn't know anything about it, but who knows our hearts better than God alone? Not even us can understand ourselves sometimes! It's this constant battle of the flesh and the spirit! And the one who wins is the one you feed the most! Yikes! What this means is, if you feed and sow to your flesh constantly, to evil desires, thoughts, your input is basically the world and its stuff then your whole life will be infected for bad!
If you feed the Spirit everything will start falling into place and your eyes will be opened!
Check Mary's decision right here!!!
I mean she was so decided to do this and pour out this expensive perfume! She might've seen this as a gift towards the King of Kings but then it was revealed to her that this actually meant the burial of Jesus!
So, her eyes were open to God's purpose! And the same principles apply to us my beloved friends!!
The flesh will always try to separate us from that connection between you and Daddy!! Our Lord and Savior! You are the one who chooses, now my question is, who's winning this time? Are you double minded sometimes when someone is doing something for Jesus, helping someone out or collecting stuff for families? I don't know, maybe giving some money away or some nice looking clothes or shoes and you wanna keep them?? Then the enemy tries to divert the plan that God Intended at first!
Be careful and watch out! Where's your heart tonight? Are you willing to give it all to Jesus no matter the cost, the price, the sacrifice, the bad comments or the opinions of others against your commitment to Jesus? It'll happen! Yet, it's better to be one day in His courts than thousands elsewhere! So why not giving it all away!
Now understand me here! It's not like you're going to start selling your house randomly, you stop paying your bills or you sell your kid's clothes and everything! Haha this is not even God's will!!! Listen! Starts from the heart! And from there God will show you the things you need to get rid of in your heart and then around you that maybe are getting in the way between you and The Lord!
Focus on eternity! Live today like if it were the last day!! And remember Y.O.L.O! Therefore follow Jesus and obey His commandments!
He is coming soon!