John 12.3 cont.
3 Then Mary took a pound (litre) of ointment, pure, costly spikenard, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and she wiped His feet with her hair. Then the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment.
Something that parents try to teach their children is to say please and thank you. This may take a lot of doing and it might seem as though children take a long time in which to learn to express their thanks and appreciation.
Everyone likes to be appreciated, and it is good for us all to express our appreciation to others. Expressing thankfulness is more than a courtesy saying, it is the deep desire within us to convey to someone else a heartfelt gratitude for who they are, or for what they have done.
By pouring the spikenard over the feet of Jesus, and by wiping his feet with her hair, Mary was displaying the gratitude that she had for what Jesus had done in raising her brother from the dead. It was a gratitude mixed with affection that she had for Jesus, and which no doubt, was shared with her brother and sister.
The showing of appreciation and thanks is a sacrifice. The Psalmist wrote: “But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honours Me. If you keep to My path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God” – Psalm 50.23 (NLT).
What Mary did was a sacrifice, it cost her, since the spikenard was most expensive, and was probably being kept for a family embalmment.
It will cost us to show Jesus our appreciation, but we must look beyond the cost to the joy that it brings both to Jesus and to ourselves.
We can always be sure that He will accept the thanksgiving of a sincere heart, and that the thanks that we offer as our sacrifice to Him will also rebound to us.
There are many times in the Psalms where we are urged to give thanks to God, and we do this when we show Him our appreciation. A thankful heart brings to our souls and bodies the increased joy of our salvation.
All our requests to God should be done with thanksgiving in our heart: Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done – Philippians 4.6 (NLT).