A Sinful Woman's Extravagant Worship (Devotion)
What does extravagant worship look like?
If you were to think of an example of an extravagant worshiper, who would come to mind?
For me, I’m struck by the woman with the jar of perfume (Mark 14:3) and her gift to worship Jesus. She is, what I think, an unconventional extravagant worshiper.
Firstly, the gift she brought was costly.
Besides the direct biblical statement that the perfume was expensive, it was a significant sized jar of perfume – nothing like the miniscule eau de toilette designer jars we see in stores today – and significant enough to draw complaints from the disciples about wastage.
And in 33 A.D. times (or thereabouts), women didn’t ‘bring home the bacon’ or have rainy day high-interest savings account to purchase such lavish gifts.
Yet, the version in Luke says she lived a sinful life. It’s possible that the money she gained during such activities enabled her to buy the jar of perfume. But in any case, this gift of worship wasn’t a common act or likely considered noble to those looking on.
So she – someone with a tainted history but had been restored by the forgiveness of Jesus – braves the crowd that had gathered for dinner with Jesus, and brings him a significant and pricey gift.
And then she breaks the jar.
Not one drop was intended to be held back, saved for later or kept in reserve, no matter how costly it was. The jar was broken so that all of this gift – her expression of worship – could be poured out on Jesus.
To me, this really paints a picture of extravagant worship: bringing a gift before Jesus and pouring it out. No expense spared, not even one’s dignity or self-respect.
It may be considered out of the ordinary to the average person, but I think that these days we live in are ones that bring unconventional extravagant worship befitting for our King.
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