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What was it about this wayward moose that caused such a reaction from the public? Well, I think it can be summed up in one wordLOVE! Mr. Moose became a symbol of all those who risk scorn and pain, and ridicule in the name of love. You see Mr. Moose scaled every boundary and overcame every fear in order to be with the one he loved. He didnt care about what people, or his fellow moose buddies would say or think. He wasnt concerned with appearances. It didnt matter that they were from different backgrounds. True, he was a bit on the wild side and she had a proclivity for the domestic, but what of it? And, who cares that she was a little bit country and he was a little bit rock n roll? He was completely sold out for love! Go ahead and call me a romantic smoe, but I think the world need more displays of this kind of impassioned abandon.
This is especially true when we begin to consider our love for Jesus. Its not very often then you see such a public, sold out, over the wall display of extravagant love for Jesus, is it?
To me, the greatest display of extravagant love toward Jesus was exhibited by Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus. This display is so extravagant that I just dont get it! In John 12:3-5, we read, Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus 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 wasnt this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a years wages.
Here we have Mary in the home of Simon the Leper (nice name isnt it?) A partys going on and theres a lot of people in assemblage. In the midst of this party, Mary comes in and pours a year and a quarters wages (300 work days) over Jesus feet then wipes them with her hair. From Marks account, we understand that this gift of Marys most likely cleaned out her bank account. Jesus literally says, what she had, she gave. Wow? How much do you make in a year and a quarter?gross, not net! Would you be willing to pour it out on Jesus feet?
It aint practical, plain and simple.|
Oh, I understand Marys devotion. No matter who you are, that much is clear. Mary loooooovvvved Jesus! But I dont understand why she invested over a years income into something that would be pour out in the matter of seconds. It aint practical, plain and simple. Its crazy impulsive and extraordinarily extravagant. And, even though I understand the significance that Jesus places upon this act of devotion, I have to say, I just dont get it. But, you know what? Thats the point! We arent supposed to get it.
Radical, extravagant love isnt meant to be understood, its just meant to be observed. Mary didnt care about cost, nor did she care about how things looked. Nor did she care about what was proper, or dignified. She didnt care about her reputation or the criticism that was guaranteed to flow. She just had to express her love, regardless of the cost or consequences.
I guess I really should say that she did care about her reputation, and the criticism, I mean who doesnt, but she cared more about openly demonstrating her love for Jesus. Imagine! Ok, so whats the point. Well, its just one this time around, but its quite a doosy.
The world should look at you and I and scratch their heads, and point their fingers at us, just as the disciples did Mary. They should think that we are crazy, and reckless, and foolish in our devotion to Christ. We should be open and radical enough in our love for Christ that our actions prompt a response from the unbelieving community around us.
Why do you give so much time to your church when you work all those hours every week? Dont you need to relax? Why do you give so much money to your church? Arent we taxed enough? Why do you teach Sunday School? Why do you help people that dont even appreciate it? Why? Why? Why? Whats in it for you? These should be the kinds of questions that flow naturally from the activities of our lives. If our faith doesnt cause a few heads to be scratched in confusion, then our sacrifice, our love, our devotion isnt fragrant enough to be smelled! Its time to smash the bottle folks!
Heres a statement you might like to quote: The Church needs more Christians who stink! Stink, that is, with the perfume of unbridled love and devotion. Next time you see me, I would consider it an honor if you told me, Grant, you stink! If you dont want to be so forward, Ill give you an alternative. Grant, in the pasture of love for your Savior, youre a big ugly moose. Now thats a compliment I pray I have and will continue to earn!
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