Extravagance. Not holding back anything. Using all I have with no reserve. Laying it all out. Its is a beautiful thing. Some people love extravagantly.
Jesus had friends who did, who loved extravagantly. One friend who did this was Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus. We read about her extravagant love in Matthew 26. There are parallel passages in John 12 and Mark 14.
Jesus is at a Party. Its catered by Martha, and attended by Lazarus, then Mary enters the story: Matthew 26:6-13 Now when Jesus was in Bethany, at the home of Simon the leper, a woman came to Him with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume, and she poured it on His head as He reclined at the table. But the disciples were indignant when they saw this, and said, “Why this waste? For this perfume might have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor.” But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you bother the woman? For she has done a good deed to Me. For you always have the poor with you; but you do not always have Me. For when she poured this perfume on My body, she did it to prepare Me for burial. Truly I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her.”’
I want to be more like Mary. I want to love Jesus in an extravagant way, to give my best and give it all without reserve.
Why? Because he gave his all for me. He gave his life for me dying on the cross. He rose again triumphant over death. he didn’t shrink back or avoid, try to veer around the sacrificial death he needed to die to pay for my sin, for our sin.
Jesus loves us extravagantly.
I want to do that. To be as demonstrative and open and extravagant but i fail. Jesus loves me extravagantly even when I fail to return his love. He just loves me. He just loves us.
How can I respond today? How will you respond today?