Fifth Week of Lent | Kristen Wright
Jeremiah 29:1, 4-11
John 11:1-27, 12
I really appreciate the Lenten season. I like how it causes us to examine and often reevaluate how we are living our lives. I like that the Lenten season is just far out enough from our New Year’s Resolutions for us to wonder if we set out to accomplish our goals. If you are reading this, it’s probably fair to assume you have thus far participated in Lent. You are two days away from Palm Sunday, and so the season is almost over.
As you look back on the past several weeks, how has your life changed? As you look towards Easter, how will your life change?
Read John 12:1-10. It’s the part in the story when Mary pours perfume on Jesus’ feet and cleans it with her hair. Judas makes a snappy comment about how the perfume should have been sold to feed the poor and Jesus responds,
Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended, that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me. (John 12:7-8)
I’ve always liked to operate under the thought that eternity starts today. Eternity does not begin when I take my last breath. The rest of forever is from this moment forward.
It was intended that Mary would have this perfume for Jesus’ body, but what if she never used it? What if she hid it for her own use or sold it for the poor? That perfume would never have graced the Savior’s feet. Jesus encourages His disciples to cherish the time they have with him. And he encourages Mary in her gift. I want to encourage you, in your Lenten journey, to cherish every last day you have in this walk with the Lord. And as you move on in 2013, think on how God has shaped you in this time. Do you have a gift that has been intended for you to have? Have you been using it for God’s glory?
For those of you who decided to abstain this season, there is nothing like a blank slate for a new season. For those of you who have added something to your life, maybe this is something that was intended for you to pour out all over the rest of the year. Don’t wait until Lent is over. Eternity starts today.
Belmont Alumna, Class of 2012