Extravagant Worship (May 21)

This quote from Jeff's Devotional book, Open Up Your Heart. It is now available at amazon.com

This quote from Jeff’s Devotional book, Open Up Your Heart. It is now available at amazon.com

May 21
Extravagant Worship

Today’s Scripture Readings: Psalm 71:15-18| 1 Samuel 29:1-31:13| John 11:54-12:19| Proverbs 15:24-26

Today’s Scripture Focus: John 11:54-12:19

“Lazarus and his sisters invited Jesus to dinner at their home. Martha served. Lazarus was one of those sitting at the table with them. Mary came in with a jar of very expensive aromatic oils, anointed and massaged Jesus’ feet, and then wiped them with her hair. The fragrance of the oils filled the house.” (John 12:2-3 The Message)

Mary, one who was already given to enjoying Jesus presence, in this case goes a step further. She enters into extravagant worship. She anoints Jesus feet with an expensive perfume—even wiping his feet with her hair. In this beautiful, expensive and extravagant act she expresses her love and devotion to Jesus. She went the extra mile—her worship was costly. You can be sure that the beautiful aroma of the act of worship went beyond the room and into the presence of the Father. Extravagant worship always does.

(excerpt from Open Up Your Heart by Jeff Syverson. The whole devotional and 364 others are now available for kindle at Amazon.com)

Open Up Your Heart

About pastorjeffsneighborhood

Born and raised in Minnesota, I have served in churches in Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon and California. I am a graduate of Crown College (MN) and George Fox Evangelical Seminary (OR). I have also done additional graduate studies in New Testament Studies at the Center for Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary (CA). I am also a graduate of the College of Prayer. Having served as the Academic Dean and Program Director at Horizon Institute of Los Angeles for several years, I have returned to the pastorate and serve as Pastor of Big Trees Community Bible Church in Arnold, CA.
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