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Saturday, June 28, 2008

(Sort of) Sold out to God


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(Sort of) Sold out to God

Sort of sold out to God – sounds strange doesn’t it? How can you be sort of
sold out? It’s like being “sort of” dead – you either are or you're not. So much of
my life I've been “sort of “ sold out to God – not all the way, just
sort of. Not completely, just sort of. Last Sunday night I led a Bible study and we contrasted the life of Judas with the life of Mary of Bethany – how powerful.

Using the scripture below (along with Mark 14:6-9) we looked at these two very different
people who lived and walked with Jesus while He was on earth.

Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus' feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, "Why wasn't this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year's wages. " He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it. "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 12:3-7 (NIV)


– Mary loved Jesus and gave to him with all that she had. She didn’t worry what others thought, she was completely focused on Him.

--Judas walked with Jesus for three years and he never truly knew the Lord. He focused on his own selfish motives.

Look at the difference in these two people – one was right there with Jesus daily, but Judas was more concerned with money than with His Lord. Mary was with Jesus on a few occasions, but she loved Him deeply without holding anything back.

Judas didn’t see Mary’s heart; he only saw the money being poured out. Judas wasn’t interested in helping the poor; he wanted the money to line his own pockets. Judas had an agenda.

Mary took her alabaster jar of perfume – possibly the most valuable item she owned – and poured it over her Lord. She then took her hair down and wiped His feet. She didn’t care what those around her thought, she just wanted to serve Jesus. Mary had a heart for the Lord.

Judas had an agenda. Mary loved the Lord with all that she had.

That’s what I want to do – love the Lord with pure abandon. Be completely selfless and totally dependent on Him. I want to worship Him and not worry what other people think about me. I want to let my hair fall down and I want to fall at His feet in worship. I want to be completely sold out to Him.

I’m turning my back on the “sort of’” lifestyle. I don’t want to be “sort of” anything. Starting today I will strive to be completely “sold out” to God.

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8 Comments:

Blogger Denise said...

Amen sweetie.

June 28, 2008 at 2:14 AM  
Blogger Sheryl said...

I'm with ya, now tell me how you are going to do it???

Thanks for this
Sheryl

June 28, 2008 at 11:00 AM  
Blogger Homesteader in Training said...

You know you're "sold out" when your "friends" start dropping like flies lol. It's sad but it's quite true. We now only have a couple very close friends that are "sold out" for the Lord too. People tend to get to comfortable with this world and forget what it's all about.They don't want to give up their selfish desires. The road is very narrow not all will walk it.
Great post!
Blessings,
Kim

June 28, 2008 at 11:01 AM  
Blogger Mocha with Linda said...

Excellent post.

June 28, 2008 at 11:11 AM  
Blogger windycindy said...

Hi, I have always wished that I could go back to the time of Jesus. It would be interesting to see how I reacted to him. Would I be a believer, would I care at all, etc.?
Thanks for making me think today!
Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

June 28, 2008 at 3:48 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

It is the narrow road....the road of sold out.

Sometimes you feel the narrowness of it.

Sometimes it is all you can do to stay on it, it passes by the valley of the shadow of death...where the old man has to die so that the new man can live...

But the view, the revelations, the restoration, the new life that breaks forth are astounding.

I am walking on that road too.

Julie

June 29, 2008 at 12:39 PM  
Blogger lily.ratliff said...

You know you are sold out when your heart is finally in line with your mind! Your friends may want you to go one way, but your mind and that still quiet voice of our Savior (that you can finally discern) tell you to go the right way! Your friends may not understand it, but that doesn't matter! And if your walk with God causes your friends to want to know more as to "What is it about so-and-so that is different than she's ever been before?"-then you're on the right track! That's when you can tell them about the Goodness of Jesus in your life! I don't mind being sold-out to God because I know He has my back and I'm pleasing to Him! Who would you rather please?

Lily L. Ratliff
http://alilyslife.wordpress.com

June 30, 2008 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

Welcome, Mary! And amen. I want to be sold out, too! Great post!

June 30, 2008 at 9:47 PM  

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