We are a blessed people. We woke up in a dry and comfortable place this morning. Most of us had a good breakfast, if we wanted it. Indeed, God has given to most of us more toys, stuff and valuable junk than we ever had any right to expect. However, no matter how much stuff God has given us, we always want more. It seems that we are never satisfied.
The world has a way of convincing us that God’s gifts are not enough. Sometimes we accuse God of not being good to us just because we cannot afford the latest gadget. But, as much as we grumble and complain, we cannot deny that God has blessed us beyond anything we ever deserved. The fact is our Father in Heaven has provided our every need according to His riches in heaven.
As for me when I woke up this morning, I was cool, dry and comfortable. I knew I was going to have something to eat. I am healthy, so to God be the Glory. I said thank you Jesus for blessing me so much. However, I know that life can change in the blink of an eye. Tomorrow I may wake up in a cold damp cave. I may wake up hungry and sick. We never know what another day may bring into our lives. But this I do know, the God who is worthy of praise when life is easy, is also worthy of praise when life is hard.
In Philippians 4:11, the Apostle Paul tells us that he had learned to be content in whatever state he found himself. Paul knew that no matter what he faced in life, God was good and greatly to be praised. So let us learn to be content in what ever state we find ourselves. In good times or bad, in comfort or pain, in sickness or health, let us lift our hearts to heaven and praise God anyhow.
Jesus was sharing a meal with a group of men. These men perceived themselves to be very important. A woman came into their presence, a woman the men considered to be unworthy of their time. In her hands she carried an alabaster box of very expensive perfumed oil. This box and its contents are worth more than most people make in a year.
She takes this box and breaks it. Then she pours all of the oil on Jesus. In absolute worship and complete brokenness, the lady bows at the feet of Jesus. Her tears mix with the perfume as she anoints the feet of the Savior and wipes them with her hair. She knows that in order to worship God you must be completely broken and poured out for Him. You cannot hold anything back.
The men present that day were angry at the woman. They were partially angry because they thought that she was not fit to be there and they were partially angry because she wasted this valuable ointment. But the real reason they were angry was the contrast between their worship of God and hers. Their worship of God was an attempt to manipulate Him into giving them what they wanted. When she worshiped she expected nothing in return, she truly took up her cross and died to herself.
What about you? If you received nothing in return, if there were no blessings to be had and no prayers were answered, would you still bow at the feet of Jesus? Yes, there is salvation to be gained. There is hell to be rescued from and heaven to received but what if there wasn’t? Would you still worship God?
My friends let me tell you. My God is worthy of all honor and glory and praise. It does not matter if I receive anything in return. He is the Creator and Owner of all things and He alone is worthy of all I have. I will save nothing for myself, I will be broken and poured out for My Savior.