Welcome to the First Seniors blog. I am so honored to help shepherd and minister to the senior adults at First Baptist Church of Columbia, SC. Our senior adults have so much energy and enthusiasm. It is hard to keep up with them. I am always impressed with the great extravagant love they have for one another. In John 13:35 it says, “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
A mark of discipleship is the love that we have for one another. There is a wonderful story in Mark 14:3-9 about a lady who gave an extravagant gift. The lady is not named in Mark’s gospel, but her gift is mentioned in three of the four gospels. This women broke in to a dinner party and poured out some very costly perfume on Jesus. Some were critical and wanted her condemned, but Jesus praised her for the gift. Her gift to Jesus showed extravagant love. Do you have extravagant love for Jesus and for others? Jesus said in Mark 14:6, “She has done a good deed to Me.” How do you measure extravagant love? The unnamed woman here gives us a model to follow.
• She was ready – When the opportunity came she was prepared to give. We need to always be ready to show extravagant love. When God puts an open door before you, “be ready.”
• She saw and embraced the opportunity – Opportunities come and go, but when they are gone they are gone forever.
• She gave all she could – In Mark 14:3 it says that she broke the bottle and poured out the perfume on Jesus. It was a complete gift. She gave to the last drop.
One week later Jesus would be nailed to a cross. It would be too late to give this gift to Him then. We need to give living gifts to a living Lord. How will God use you to show extravagant love? I encourage you to be ready, embrace the opportunity and give it all. God will never bless a stingy gift. I love the little chorus, “Jesus, I adore you. Lay my life before you. How I love you!”
Blessings for extravagant giving!
Rev. Richard Humphries
Pastoral Care & Sr. Adult Minister