Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil – John 12:3
The house was filled with the fragrance of the expensive oil Mary poured on Jesus’ feet but it wasn’t the only fragrance. Mingling with the scent of the oil was the fragrance of one woman’s love for the Lord. Mary poured all of the oil on Jesus. She held nothing back. Her demonstration of affection cost her what a working man earned in one day but that cost was nothing compared to what His act of love would cost her Lord. The oil was for His burial. This act of love takes place as the Passover festival approaches and the Lamb of God is to be offered as a Sacrifice for the sins of the world. Perhaps Mary sensed this and that is why she did what she did.
What is your fragrance? Is it love for your Savior who gave His life as a ransom for yours? Is it faith in His power to transform your life and the lives of others? Is your fragrance acceptable to the Lord as Mary’s was? Does it matter if your fragrance is not pleasing to others as Mary’s wasn’t to Judas?
Does your fragrance fill the places where you are? Don’t let the world or even some of those in the church trouble you. Remember that your aim is to please God rather than men. And Jesus will protect you as He did Mary.
Source: Zondervan Handbook to the Bible, p.589