Day 12: A Costly Sacrifice

Every year as a church, we pray & fast corporately for 21 days to get clear direction from God for our lives and the new year. This year, we will be reading the book of John together (1 chapter a day). Today is Day 12.

Today's Reading: John, Chapter 12

Authors: Danielle Scott / Sarah Castillo

"3 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.

4 But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, 5 "Why wasn't this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year's wages." 6 He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.

7 "Leave her alone," Jesus replied. "It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. 8 You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me."

John 12:3-8 (NIV)

Mary was extravagant in her love for Jesus and intentional in her worship. While it was common to wash the feet of guests and anoint their heads with oil, it was remarkable that Mary washed the feet of Jesus with very costly oil. This is an act of sacrificial worship. When those around her questioned her form of worship, Jesus sent a curt reminder that there would always be the poor to serve. How does this translate to us today?

There will always be other things to do that take up our time.

There will always be more dishes in the sink, bills to pay, homework to do, future plans to make, and work to complete. Yes, the work is important, but like Mary, we have to evaluate the cost.

The greatest form of worship that pushes our faith to a whole new level is sacrificing our time and finances for God.

In doing so, our lives become centered on yearning for an intimate relationship with Him. He is always in pursuit of an intimate relationship with us, so what is it that we are willing to sacrifice for a true bond and deep connection?

Passionately sacrificing things that matter to us, sets us up to refocus so we can begin to see the plan and path He has ordained for our lives. Spend time with Him today and every day. Fall in love with being in His presence!

Now that we are more than halfway through the fast, assess:

1. What are some ways your sacrificial giving has drawn you closer to Jesus during this fast?

2. See beyond this fast, how can you maintain that closeness to God after the fast is over?


Elevate Church in Santa Clarita is passionate about helping the community connect with God in a real way by having a relationship with Jesus Christ. The Santa Clarita church focuses on providing the community with practical principles for daily living based on Biblical teachings.

Services are held in Santa Clarita on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., and 12 p.m.

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