Count the Cost

John 12:5-6 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.”

Allowing others to challenge our faith is a good thing.

But, when the challenge comes from a heart wanting to destroy our faith, we must gird up our loins and be prepared for whatever may come.

Unless we, as children of God, realize the value of what it is we are fighting for, we will wither in the heat of the battle.

Jesus declared Himself to those closest to Him and to all who had heard Him. Lazarus had been raised from the dead. The Pharisees sought to kill Lazarus and Jesus to squelch this uprising against their well-crafted religious standing.

Martha, Mary, and Lazarus were close friends of Jesus. Mary’s faith, in particular, was displayed early.

John 12:3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.”

She believed Jesus when He spoke of His death. This act of faith, anointing His feet with the spikenard, showed genuine love. To her, the cost of the ointment meant nothing. In light of who Jesus was to her, He was more than worthy of her best.

Every time I read this passage, I am challenged to give my best for the Master.

We all grow comfortable with our routines. Whether at home, at work, or even in the church, we grow used to the repetition. For pastors who study to preach, teachers who teach, or those who serve, we all reach a level of comfortability.

It is the heart desiring to give God our best that pushes us beyond the norm.

So often, we take the path of least resistance. It takes little time or effort. We have grown used to the gifts and talents given us to perform the things in our lives. But have we honestly considered the cost?

What of the cost to redeem our soul?

What of the martyrs who gave their all to provide the freedom we enjoy?

Foxes Book of Martyrs contains the names and stories of how cruelly and horribly these saints of God died, giving their lives for the defense of the gospel.

How can we face them in Heaven, having done little for the cause of Christ?

I am deeply convicted when I think of seeing the wounds in the hands and feet of my Savior. I cannot imagine what it will be like. There is a song that conveys that very thought. Click here to listen.

Today, let us meditate on the value we’ve placed on the faith we hold. Then, let us act accordingly.

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