Monday, June 3, 2013


"When the disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?
For this ointment might have been sold  for much, and given to the poor." Matt. 26:8,9.

"Verily I say unto you, Where so ever the gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, 
that also which this woman hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her."  Mark 14:9.

The Lord has ordained that the story of Mary anointing Him with that costly ointment should always accompany the story of the Gospel; that what Mary has done should always be coupled with what the Lord has done. That is His own statement. What does He intend that we should understand by it?
Clearly it is this, that in approving Mary's action at Bethany, the Lord Jesus was laying down one thing as a basis of all service: that you pour out all you have, your very self, unto Him; and if that should be all He allows you to do, that is enough. It is not first of all a question of whether 'the poor' have been helped or not. The first question is: Has the Lord been satisfied?

I have never met a soul who has set out to satisfy the Lord and has not been satisfied himself. 
It is impossible. Our satisfaction comes unfailingly when we satisfy Him first.