On getting (and keeping) your values straight as a follower of Jesus…

I’m always impressed by the value people place on things… It’s telling…

An unnamed women comes to Jesus with an alabaster bottle filled with very expensive ointment and pours it on Jesus’ head as he reclines at table with His disciples…

“When the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying “Why this waste? It could have been sold for a large sum and given to the poor!”

Jesus rebuked them and said, “Why trouble the woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me! You always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. In pouring this ointment on my body, she has done it to prepare me for burial… wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her!” (From Matthew 26:6-13)

In the very next verses we read about Judas and the value he assigned to the Savior (what a contrast!)…

Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I deliver Him over to you?” And they gave him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him.” (From Matthew 26:14-16)

What value do you place on your relationship with Jesus – the Christ? I see the value the broader culture places on Him (and I’m appalled!). I also see the value some who claim to be His followers place on Him (and I’m concerned!). I want to be like the unnamed woman in this story! I want to remember, “I was not redeemed with corruptible things like silver and gold from the futile ways inherited from my forefathers, but with the precious blood of Jesus!” (1 Peter 1:18-19). I’ve got tell you… I want to keep my values straight as one who claims to be a follower of Jesus!

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