Easter DAY 4: EXTRAVAGANT GENEROSITY

Apr 8 2020

Wednesday 8th April

EXTRAVAGANT GENEROSITY

SCRIPTURE: Mark 14:7-8:“For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me. She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial.” 

The Wednesday of Holy Week, everyone was getting ready for Passover and Jesus was at the home of Simon, the leper. A woman entered the house with an alabaster jar of the most expensive perfume and poured it on His head. This gesture was one of extravagance and extreme devotion to Jesus. When His disciples gasped at the price of the perfume and what they considered a “waste”, Jesus responded, with these words from Mark 14:7-8: “For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me. She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial.” 

Jesus also showed extravagant generosity when he laid down his life for ours, which was about to happen in a day after Judas betrays Jesus. Just like this woman, and Jesus, how can we show extravagant generosity in this time?  Perhaps you can send a food parcel to a family in need. Perhaps you can send someone an encouraging message and pray for them. Perhaps you can donate to Hillsong Africa Foundation to support those in need with food and sanitation. Or it could be as simple as writing an encouraging letter to someone on the frontline working hard at saving lives, in this time of COVID-19.

ACTION: How can you show extravagant love and generosity to someone in your world this week?