Daniel Fast – Day 12 – Thursday

Day 12 – John chapter 12


A Fragrant Home


“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 (NIV)


Mary’s generous offering and act of worship has been written about, preached about, and sung about. It symbolized the anointment of Jesus’ body for burial. She lavished this expensive perfume on the feet of the one she loved deeply and offered us a beautiful picture of worship.


As I write this, I am listening to Eddie Kirkland’s song that we will sing this Sunday, “How He Loves”.  This song has to be one of my current favorites.  I get overwhelmed thinking about how much He loves me.  Today as we worship, (not just on Sunday, right?) we too can lavish our pure and unbridled affection – not on one who will be buried, but on our resurrected Lord. The one who paid the price for our sin and deserves our complete devotion. Oh, how He loves us!!!!!


Did you notice, the overwhelming impact of her act of worship – the Bible tells us that the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. As we worship Him with our words, our actions, our lifestyles, and our “eating” it also changes the atmosphere of “our house”, “our household”, His Temple, His Sanctuary.


May our worship of Jesus Christ today, whether in song, in words, in prayer or in the way we live, or the way we eat, impact our homes with the fragrance of a life changed by the one we worship. Talk about overwhelming impact? !


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