Thought for the week by pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld


'She has done a beautiful thing to me.'
John 14:6

This verse is quoted in the story when Jesus was anointed with oil at Bethany. As far as I am aware this is the only time Christ says anything like this throughout the gospels.
It was always Christ who was doing beautiful things and for once the roles were reversed and it was His time to receive. Not only was it a beautiful thing that Mary did but a very costly thing too. A years wages poured out in one act of worship and love. It is also remarkable that this story is still told 'throughout the world' even as He predicted.
Does it ever cross your mind that you could do something beautiful for Christ? So often we think we should receive from God or that we should be giving to others. The thought doesn't cross our minds that we could give to Him; we could do something beautiful to Christ. It was surely this act of worship that brought Mary into a very special relationship with her Lord. He would never forget the loving touch, the adoration in her eyes. Perhaps it was a comfort to Him when He faced those awful hours of darkness that were before Him. Can we look to do something beautiful not only for Christ but to Him? Can we seek to make that special act of surrender; to give to Him something that is very costly because we love Him? Can we seek to do this without looking for anything in return, just an act of sheer love and devotion?
If we can, this will be the highlight of our spiritual lives and will lead us into a place of fellowship with Him which will delight us. It also means:
'He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied.' Isaiah 53:11. And that is a wonderful thought!