My dad grew up in the Depression, so i was raised with a firm appreciation for not wasting anything. To this end, he composted kitchen scraps, saved leftover paint remnants in addition to finding bargains at garage sales, etc. In Matthew 26:8, Jesus’ disciples had the same mindset when they asked Him about a chick wasting expensive oil, since she poured it on Jesus’ head, as an expression of worship.
And worshipping Jesus is never wasteful, regardless of what people may say.
Indeed, let’s be extravagant in how we worship Jesus! The chick in Matthew 26 was extravagant in worshipping Jesus, using expensive oil. And in our modern culture, we can be extravagant in worshipping Jesus by:
spending time with Jesus, giving Him our attention
being generous with our finances in church, with ministries and to the poor
choosing to wholeheartedly participate in the worship time at our churches whether we like the songs or not
expressing gratitude and worship to God before we go to bed each night
Conditioning has lots of different usages such as: air conditioning, conditioning for health purposes and conditioning to acclimate to various climates or humidities, to name a few. But I think we should also consider that we have been conditioned through the human experience to think of love in very transactional ways. In our childhood, it’s likely that you received positive affirmation for good behavior & achievements and negative feedback for things you did that weren’t so whippy. Maybe such inputs have shaped your perceptions of what love is & is not. While cause and affect are definitely part of the human experience, I think we should sit and think about God’s “unconditional” love for us.
There’s a good possibility that we both struggle to receive and sit in unconditional love, given the conditioning we have lived in through human transactions. Let’s take some time this weekend to reflect on God’s unconditional love for us, appreciating that this genuine love can never be increased or decreased by our behaviors 🙂
TGIF takes on an entirely new meaning when I think about it in light of Good Friday. This day marks not only the conclusion of a workweek, but more importantly, Jesus’ crucifixion which was humanity’s windfall. Jesus’ death on the cross was:
the defining moment for humanity’s reconciliation with Heaven.
the conclusion of approximately 2,000 years of Law with human shortcoming & failure.
the ultimate expression of Genuine Love for an unworthy planet
the fertilzer for resurrection
the place where our lives receive ultimate freedom, redemption and acceptance
Truly, Good Friday is good and God’s ultimate expression of Genuine Love & I find myself in a state of awe, wonder, gratitude and overwhelming astonishment at such extravagant love. May Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and resurrection work redemption into our hearts, through our lives and reconcile the world in which we live to our loving Heavenly Father. Today is truly a Good Friday.