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Extravagant Love Offered to Jesus

The story of Mary and the alabaster flask. Scholars speculate this bottle of perfume might have been part of Mary’s inheritance. Some suggest it was something she was saving it as part of her dowry in case she got married. It was probably the most valuable thing she owned—but she gave it all to Jesus.
Three important lessons we can learn about extravagant love offered to Jesus.


Giving That Grabs God’s Attention

It’s important for us to realize Jesus not only watches us when we give and knows how much we give, He also pays attention to how we give. He sees our motive. When we make an offering to God, it’s not a time to show off. Offering should NOT be a spectator event.


Do Not Hold Back!

Remember I told you our students are trading up a tiny paper clip for something more and more valuable? When Aaron received his paper clip, he contacted one of the car dealers in town, asking if they would like to please trade him a car in return for a paper clip! But guess what? Because he had big faith in a Big God, he got one. That’s right, he got a great-running used car for his paper clip. I like that kind of faith! Even more, I like what that kind of faith says to everyone about the kind of God we serve—He’s BIG. And he wants us to not hold back when we come to him. The Bible says in James 4:2, “You do not have, because you do not ask God.” People say you never know until you ask. I say you never know how big God really is until you ask Him to show you.


Enlarge the Place of Your Tent

We are children of promise. God wants more children, and if we share God’s heart, we’ll have a passion to reach and disciple more and more people. On any given Sunday morning, within a thirty-minute drive, there are 60,000 people who don’t attend church. As a church, we cannot be content to limit God’s family to those of us who are already here. Jesus told His disciples, “Open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” (John 4:35) He wasn’t talking about corn or wheat—Jesus was talking about people who needed to have a relationship with the Living God. God wants more children in His forever family.