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There are various people mentioned in Holy Scripture who worshiped the Lord. But very few out of them did Remarkable Worship. Two women in the Bible we come across, who trusted God more than their future & worshiped God – one was the poor widow who gave away the last two coins she had (Mk 12:41-44; Lk 21:4) and the other was the woman who poured out her costly perfume on Jesus (Mt 26:6-13; Mk 14:3-9).
The old widow, who gave all her money in the temple, gave Jesus what was her saving for the future survival. But she offered herself to the Lord, trusting Him more than having a secured future. The other woman poured at the feet of Jesus, the jar of expensive perfume which cost her a year’s wages and was specially used during marriages. She also trusted God over her future. I am blessed to know about these two women who gave Jesus so much importance that they didn’t care about their future. These two women are remembered for their acts throughout ages and more so, as Jesus gave the best testimony about them. They risked their future at the cost of their faith. Here, Jesus did not emphasize on radical giving of money or treasure without thinking about future, in order to please God. God is not after people who can empty their treasure before Him and become eligible for His approval. This example is misquoted many a times in Christendom, for selfish intentions of getting money from people. It can be a small part but the heart of the story is about reaching up to God’s maximum. This example can be taken as the principle of ‘pleasing’ Jesus, rather than the act of ‘giving’ to Jesus.
We have not learned to throw our lives at the feet of Jesus without thinking about our future. I come to Jesus for my future but these women came to Jesus risking their future. I come to Jesus to have a safe future, but they came to Jesus losing what they saved for future. The best thing is that, these two women became benchmark for Christianity today – the old widow for ‘giving’ and the other lady for ‘worship’, for ‘spreading the Gospel’. Let us ask Jesus to give us the grace to trust Him like these giant women of faith did. We have never given our life to Jesus in such measure as these two women gave. We remain prepared with our ‘life boats’ while praying about departing for the giant ‘Red Sea’ before us.
The names of these ordinary women are not written in the Gospels but they did something, which Jesus approved and appreciated. The Pharisees must have looked down upon this widow comparing what she gave to their ‘large offerings’ and the disciples criticized the woman, considering it a ‘waste’ to pour out such expensive perfume. These women had a low public profile, which was not so impressive, but they looked beyond their ‘future’. These two women had a bigger picture of God’s greatness compared to the present Pharisees & disciples, who always enjoyed the privileges of being with Christ but were far away from His heart. They used so – called designations as ‘Bishop Pharisees’ & ‘Reverend Disciples’ to be affiliated to God but lacked the desperate dependency on God which was at the risk of their future.
“The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught” Isaiah 29 : 13
After Jesus, only Peter had the great miraculous privilege to walk on water, as he left the boat to get Jesus. While others were holding the boat expecting Jesus to come to them, Peter went beyond his own fisherman’s experience, science of oceanography and security of the boat to get Jesus. At times, we are not able to leave our secured ‘boats’ to get Jesus. We are stuck amidst opinions of people, reproach of family and society, shame, trap of religion and insecurities about the future. Our worship of God has become limited to Sunday routine format, whereas these people went ahead of what could be thought of. They sought Jesus breaking all the bondages of ‘religion’ to enter into a relationship with God.
These two anonymous women did something spectacular, compelling Jesus to testify about them. Their love for Jesus was greater than religious duties and there was no logical reasoning for loving Jesus. What they did for Jesus was indeed remarkable. It’s not about how much you give to the Lord, but it’s about how much you keep for yourself. If we think with our human mind, the old widow gave the ‘smallest’, whereas the other woman gave the ‘largest’; but both were pleasing to Jesus. The truth of Acceptable Worship is not based on quantitative achievements or failures, or just on measurable gifts and sacrifices, but the extent of a loving heart attached to whatever best you can bring to Jesus.
God is seeking such anonymous worshippers today, who can love Him more than a secured future. As David said “I will not sacrifice to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” 2 Samuel 24 : 24.
Let not your present pains and problems stop you from giving ‘Remarkable Worship’ to Jesus. We give Him our costliest and best Worship when we turn our ‘Storms’ into ‘Streams of Praise’, our ‘Worries’ into ‘Worship’ and our ‘Tears’ into ‘Shouts of Joy’. It’s only when we really understand the heart of Worship that we will be able to offer our bodies to God as a living sacrifice, even in the midst of our ‘dark valley’ periods. We touch the heart of Jesus when we make Him more worthy above our problems. The only thing that we can give back to God in response to His unconditional love is our ‘Remarkable Worship’. We can only bring Worship to God once we really understand what Christ has done for us through the cross. No matter what you have done, wherever you have been or what is happening in your life – come as you are in His arms to receive hope and future. Do not hold back your ‘Remarkable Worship’ when you are in your ‘valleys’ – it is worth worshipping the Worthy God.
“He who has God and everything else has no more than he who has God only.” C S Lewis
“No man gives anything acceptable to God until he has first given himself in love and sacrifice.”
(Inputs & corrections received from believers)