Read Mark 14:1-11
There are some sermons that stick with you for life. I remember one Sunday when Geoff spoke on Mark 14:1-11. I must’ve been 17.
I remember him telling the story of a man who was deeply frustrated with the way others worshiped. This frustration grew over time until one night he’d had enough. He became so frustrated by the way others worshiped, it led him to a dark place. It led him to hate someone who had shown him nothing but kindness. Who had done nothing but serve him. He was talking about Judas. The act of worship was the way the woman came and poured perfume on his head.
I remember those words cutting like knives. I reflected on how something that seemed so innocent to begin with, discontentment, mild frustration, led to me actually disliking people who had shown me nothing but kindness. Who had done nothing but seek to serve me. This parallel has stayed with me and continues to challenge and humble me as I reflect on my own attitude.
This passage also makes me wonder how, if I was there, I would have responded? I think sadly I would’ve been no different from the disciples. Their pragmatic cry resonates with me. ‘It could have been sold for more than a years wages and given to the poor!’ I wonder if that’s really what they would have done. I wonder if that’s really what I would have done.
My prayer is that we would continue to reflect on Geoff’s insight and assess our attitudes towards the way others worship our Lord,
“Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.”