I Reported What Impacted Me, Part 4of4, Evans Olang

Matthew 26:7, “A woman came to Him having a lambasted flask of very costly fragrant oil…”

As I mentioned earlier, John tells us exactly who asked the question. John 12:4-5, “4 But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot….said, 5 “Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” If you know the story of Judas, he was the man who betrayed Jesus. Jesus knew him all along but still allowed him in. He knew that he was a thief yet the money collection bag was entrusted in his hands. Question, did he really care for the poor? John says that he did not and it is also a clear indication that He did not care about Jesus receiving this kind of worship. Something to ponder on, didn’t Jesus know everything that was in the hearts of the people in that room? It was just a matter of time before the hidden would be revealed. True worship will always reveal what is inside and when revealed, either you deal with it or cover it up. Remember that everything was fine until the woman showed up and began to worship, then real hearts, agendas and desires were revealed in that little time. Before Abel won the attention and the affection of God, Cain was all right. The moment Abel did that which was pleasing to Lord, Cain had an attitude which led him to kill his own brother. David was a man after God’s own heart, the favor of the Lord was upon him, that created a problem for Saul. As you know, Saul constantly tried to find ways to kill David. This is how real worship will reveal what is in your heart and the heart of the people around. David danced and worshiped the Lord and suddenly Michal, Saul’s daughter despised him when he worshipped.

Besides the woman’s worship creating a problem, there was another thing the people had problem with, Luke 7:48-49, “48 Then He said to her, “your sins are forgiven 49 “and those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”. Where were these people when John the Baptist said, “Behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world“? Jesus also said, “The Son of Man has the power to forgive sins”. We must get to know Him before we can love Him, and we must love Him before we can desire to obey Him something these people lacked.

In the whole story reported by the four gospels there is one common denominator, the star of the show to which none of them strayed away from in the story is JESUS the one whom we worship. Everything told in the story centered on Him. He is the reason why what was in the hearts of men revealed. He knew everyone in that room and what was in their hearts. We don’t hear Him in the story asking to be worshiped or demanding, but when one of His own come in and did it, He was moved. She lifted Him from the earth. John 12:32, “And I, if I be lifted from the earth, will draw all men unto me”. I don’t know who might have been impacted, challenged, convicted, and inspired by what happened in that house. Jesus said that what the woman did would be preached on forever.

I am blessed to know that someone reported something that did not only impact them, it has also made an impact in my life. Just when I would think I finally got it, He reveals to me that I am not there yet. Your testimony can be an impact, your worship can do the same, and your service. Remember that He is the common denominator in your story. What you do for the Lord may sound silly and foolish but before His eyes, it’s very significant. To close, your life in Christ is a story being recorded to be reported, the question is, who gets the credit? I hope Jesus does, blessings Ev

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