Today is Valentine’s Day. The day when there will be no limit to the purchase of expensive flowers, decadent chocolates, and admired jewelry. There will not be a single table available in restaurants for days.
Valentine’s Day – the day to express or display our love for the special person in our lives.
This morning I read of the woman who came with her alabaster jar to the feet of Jesus. Scripture tells us it was filled with expensive perfume. Expensive as in, it was worth an entire year’s salary. Think of the extravagance which was displayed in a single moment. We often concentrate on the reaction of the disciples, who publicly expressed the waste which had occurred.
But my attention was caught by the words of Jesus:
“When Jesus realized what was going on, he intervened. “Why are you giving this woman a hard time? She has just done something wonderfully significant for me.”
(Matthew 26:10, MSG)
Jesus came to the defense of this woman’s actions. He put an end to the hard time they were all giving her. More so, He commended her in front of them, stating what she has done was wonderfully significant for Him. Her actions had deep and special meaning for Him.
In his book, Tables in the Wilderness, Watchman Nee asks this poignant question of us all:
When the Lord returns and we see Him face to face, I trust that we shall all pour out our treasures at His feet. But today – what are we doing today?
Today is all we have available to us. There are no guarantees given on tomorrow. What are we doing with this 24 hour segment known as today?
- to express our love and devotion to God
- to tell our family and friends they are special
- to convey to others the love of God towards them
- to be the hand offering help
We don’t want to give what seems to be a good idea or we desire to give. We want to give what we hope will be “wonderfully significant” for them. It is what will have the most important and powerful effect or influence.
Watchman Nee explains further:
Several days after Mary broke the alabaster box and poured the ointment on Jesus’ head, there were some women who went early in the morning to anoint His body. Did they do it? Did they succeed in their purpose on that first day of the week? No, He was gone! There was only one soul who in fact succeeded in anointing the body of the Lord, and it was Mary, who anointed Him before hand. All the others were too late, for He had risen.
The pressing question on the table is …
What will you do with Today?