I have two older sisters. We are scattered in three different bordering states. It's less than a six hour drive to each of us, but it might as well be across an ocean. Our lives and families are chaotic so we only get to see each other a few times a year. Our most frequent form of communication is email. Sometimes we will send an email to each other and never expect a response. It's just our way of letting the other two know where our heart is that day. Sisters like mine may be separated by miles, but we are closer than a whisper on an ear.
The other day, my middle sister sent an email to us about an issue she was struggling with and praying over. I am not going to mention the details because our trust is absolute, but I will share with you a small portion of her insights. I hope it blesses you, as much as it did me.
...I tell you all of that to give you my latest Word!
In John 12, Mary of Bethany, pours the expensive oil on Jesus's feet and wipes it with her hair. Judas says that it was a waste and should be sold and given to the poor....Do you remember the story? So, what is expensive? The first thing you think of is financial. Yes, things are expensive or costly in a dollars and cents but to me the last 6 months of *experiences* have been expensive or costly....Nobody can say what is expensive to you verses what is expensive to another, because it is different for everyone. But for ME, the emotional cost, the relationship cost and the financial cost of all our experiences is what Jesus wants poured at His feet. It sounds so simple here but it hit me this weekend, that Mary poured out the thing that was the most costly and He wants me to do the same. Pour on His feet the mostly costly things. Things that have cost me or are costing me like the emotional, the relational, and the financial need to be poured out on Him....It was a new revelation for me to have it expressed this way. The costly things need to be poured on His feet and it will fill the room with a fragrant aroma... His Word never ceases to amaze me with it's application still today.
Pouring Out the Costly!
My sister's revelation impacted me. I wrote her back and said, "That message gave me chills and it is so timely in my life too. Thank you for blessing me with it."
It really pressed down on me because of something that my husband and I discussed after church and the message we received there. Isn't it amazing that God will reach you on different levels until He gets through to you? He'll send His word down one way, then send it down another to reinforce it.
He put it on our hearts to get in control of our financial situation. To work together and with Him to get peace over our money. Up until a few days ago, paying the bills fell on my shoulders and my husband went a long with it. I've done a decent job and we're not behind on anything but we're really not where we should be with savings and definitely tithing. When he and I decided to sit down and start developing a budget, then we both started receiving messages of confirmation from Him. I even felt a "vibration" for lack of a better explanation that alerted me to His approval. When my husband and I really looked at each other, spoke words over the financial and asked God for help, the plans and pieces started aligning. We have a difficult journey ahead of us, but at least we are doing it together with His guidance.
What are you holding back in your life from Christ? What do you need to pour out on His feet? What is the most costly thing you can pour?
Seeds to Share:
John 12:3-6 - Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’s feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages. He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.