Honoring the Truth

Julia Downey Davis

READ : Mark 14:1-9

While Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon … a woman came with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment of nard,and she broke open the jar and poured the ointment on his head.(v. 3)

The greatest honor Jesus ever received came from a woman at a dinner party in Bethany. She did not offer a statuette to commemorate Jesus’ many miracles. She didn’t set a star with Jesus’ name on the sidewalk outside Simon’s house. Instead, she risked ridicule and misunderstanding to anoint him with costly perfume. She honored Christ with her most valuable possession – not because of his achievements, but because of who he was.

In contrast, we honor achievement: bumper stickers for honor students, Oscars for actors, Halls of Fame for athletes – so many means of applauding and idolizing our great achievers. But what does this kind of honor cost us personally?

Jesus is not physically with us today, but his truth is just as deserving of sacrificial honor. It costs me little to give lip service to God’s Word. But when did I last spend my money to further God’s cause in the world? When have I risked my reputation to defend God’s Word? How do I seek to honor God’s truth?

PRAYER

Your truth is more than worthy of my sacrifices, Lord. Give me opportunities to show you how much I value it.