In last weekend’s message called “Anointed”, pastor Dave looked at Mary’s anointing of Jesus in Mark 14:3-9. Her gift was unexpected, so it was a beautiful thing. Use this week’s LAPs to help you apply the message to your life.
“And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper,as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head.” Mark 14:3
Mary offered her costly alabaster jar and perfume as a gift to Jesus. If you were to take inventory of your life, what are the most costly things you have? What would it look like for you to offer it to God as a gift of praise?
“There were some who said to themselves indignantly, “Why was the ointment wasted like that?” Mark 14:4
Are you more like Mary, who offered and expensive gift to Jesus, or like those who were indignant over the cost of this gift? What is God saying to you about this?
“But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me.” Mark 14:6
When you do what you can, God will receive your gift as a beautiful thing. Plan ahead for something you will offer to God in the next couple of weeks. Make preparations, and include at least one other person in your plan who has been an encouragement in your faith.
“For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me.” Mark 14:7
Find a way to affirm to the Lord that you are thankful for His presence and work in your life.
“And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.” Mark 14:9
Ask God to bring you someone you can share the gospel story with this week. Make sure you tell them about what Mary did to anoint Jesus.