He had lived a life pleasing to the Lord. The change didn’t happen overnight. He experienced successes, and accumulated things along the way. And then it all became too much. And who is to know if it was caused by things or focus, but the condition of his heart was changed. And he felt big. His pride was big. An example.
16 But when he had become powerful, he also became proud, which led to his downfall. He sinned against the Lord his God by entering the sanctuary of the Lord’s Temple and personally burning incense on the incense altar. 17 Azariah the high priest went in after him with eighty other priests of the Lord, all brave men. 18 They confronted King Uzziah and said, “It is not for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the Lord. That is the work of the priests alone, the descendants of Aaron who are set apart for this work. Get out of the sanctuary, for you have sinned. The Lord God will not honor you for this!”
19 Uzziah, who was holding an incense burner, became furious. But as he was standing there raging at the priests before the incense altar in the Lord’s Temple, leprosy suddenly broke out on his forehead. 2 Chronicles 26:16-19 NLT.
She was a follower of Jesus, and sat at his feet. And like a fly on the wall of this thick scene, I see key players: Martha who serves. Lazarus, miracle recipient. Judas, who deceives and betrays. Mary, who loves.
She takes something that you could put a price on, and pours it out–an act of worship that fills a space with fragrance. The Lord sees her work. And even today, we are blessed by her service to him. An example.
2 A dinner was prepared in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, and Lazarus was among those who ate with him. 3 Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance.
4 But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray him, said, 5 “That perfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.” 6 Not that he cared for the poor—he was a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciples’ money, he often stole some for himself.
7 Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. She did this in preparation for my burial. 8 You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.” John 12:2-8 NLT.
He entered a city on the back of a donkey. A king of a forever kingdom. A sacrifice for many. He lived in obedience, to glorify his Father. An example.
23 Jesus replied, “Now the time has come for the Son of Man to enter into his glory. 24 I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives. 25 Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity. 26 Anyone who wants to be my disciple must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me.
27 “Now my soul is deeply troubled. Should I pray, ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But this is the very reason I came! 28 Father, bring glory to your name.” John 12:23-28 NLT.
Examples are everywhere. Even today. Even in us.
Father, I pray for a kingdom focus, for your glory, not mine. Let my service and my worship and my offering always be about you.