Love Is a Beautiful Thing – Part 4
爱是一件美事 – 第四篇
“Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. I tell you the truth, wherever the gospel is preached through-out the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
Continued from Part 3
Jesus said that the woman had done “a beautiful thing” to Him, and that she poured perfume on His body beforehand to prepare for His burial. Her single impulsive, extravagant act out of her love for Christ now became part of Jesus’ story of salvation for the world. Without knowing this herself, this woman was sharing Jesus’ ministry of redemption. Jesus said that “wherever the gospel is preached through-out the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
APPROPRIATE FAITH IN ACTION
Helping the poor is a good thing. It was obviously something the disciples often did as a group (Jn 13:29). This the disciples did dutifully for the poor yet this woman did a beautiful thing lovingly for Jesus. What the disciples did dutifully for the poor, feeding and clothing them, is compassionate charity concerning men’s bodies. What the woman did lovingly for Jesus, preparing for His burial, is redemptive ministry concerning men’s souls. Jesus didn’t say we should not feed the hungry or clothe the naked, instead He pointed out the importance of being abandoned to Him, and the priority of love over duties to God.
Today we are placing a lot of emphasis on teaching the truth, the right doctrines, and right relationship with God. This is important because our faith must be true, otherwise we fall into heresies. We are placing a lot of emphasis also on the right relationship with others. This is also important because we need to live in the world yet are not of the world. But like the church in Ephesus in the Book of Revelations, we could be so concerned with the right beliefs and right deeds that we have lost our first love (Rev 2:1-4). We may believe the right things and behave the right way without the passion for Christ. We may feel spiritually dry and distant from God. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” (Jn 14:6) Having Christ means having not only the way and the truth, but also the life. And it is an abundant life that we have. For Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (Jn 10:10) Jesus did come and He did die on the cross to give us a new and abundant life. We are also commanded to love the Lord our God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our strength (Dt 6:5). That means we should believe correctly in our heart and behave properly with all our strength, and also love emotionally with all our soul.
Jesus Christ poured out His life for us on the cross. Because He loves us He did the most beautiful thing for us. Nothing is too precious for anyone to give Him in return. All He is asking is for us to give Him our best affections, our beautiful thing. Let’s learn from this woman to love Jesus Christ IMPULSIVELY with all the heart, soul and strength, to love Him EXTRAVAGANTLY with our sacrifices of commitment, services, praises, good deeds, and money, as well as to love Him APPROPRIATELY with our worship of Him as God and Savior. Our actions of love for Christ may sometimes be misunderstood as irrational, but Jesus knows our motivation. In fact He considers it appropriate that our piety to Him takes priority over our dutiful good deeds.
Let our love for God carry us beyond ourselves, for love is a beautiful thing!
Tom and Tehwan Tso
“The outcome of your faith is the salvation of your souls.” 1Peter 1:9
“信心的果效， 就是灵魂的救恩” 彼得前书1：9__