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Boldly Serve the Lord

…there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.

Mark 14:3b

The unnamed woman of Mark 14:3 boldly served and worshiped the Lord Jesus Christ. An alabaster box of spikenard had a value comparable with a working man’s annual salary. When she considered the value of Jesus she determined to give him the best she had. In an act of worship and adoration she boldly served Jesus by giving him her best.

You would expect such an act of love toward Jesus to be applauded, but she soon found that was not the case. Some of the people watched her bold service to Jesus and responded with indignation, others considered her act of love a waste, and some others murmured saying she should have sold her gift and given the money to the poor. The point that must be made is: boldly serving Jesus will bring criticism. 

We must also consider that boldly serving Jesus pleases God. Amidst all the criticism, the nameless lady pleased the only person in the room who really mattered. Jesus’ response to her efforts was to rebuke her critics and praise her service to himself. Pleasing God is far more important than pleasing the crowd. We need to boldly serve Jesus because it pleases God. As a Christian we are often tempted to hide our faith and love for Jesus Christ. Please follow the example of this lady and boldly serve the Lord Jesus Christ.