John 12:3 Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
Mary of Bethany was a worshiper. While the men were arguing about who was the greatest and Judas was striving about a new ministry to the poor, Mary was at His feet worshiping. Sounds kind of familiar. Men tend to want to do things or conquer something while women are quite content to just worship.
There are some powerful things we can glean from Mary. First, worship flows from a broken and contrite heart. Pride can’t worship, it is too consumed with its own importance. Humility has recognized greatness, worship is the first response. Secondly, we recognize the source of Mary’s humility. She had glimpsed not only the greatness of the Lord, she had caught a sense of why He came. She was anointing His body for burial. Christ had not come to make men great in this world, He had come to prepare them to live in the next world. His death was essential; that’s why Mary was worshipping. Jonathan Edwards preached about the power of Mary’s worship, here are a few of his thoughts.
“Mary poured forth this precious ointment on Christ out of a broken box. So true grace flows out of a broken heart. Believers don’t only pour forth the exercises of grace out of a pure heart. True Christian grace and divine love always flows out of a broken heart, an heart broken with a sense of sin. And the heart of a saint never sends forth such a sweet savor as when it is most broken and contrite, as is evidenced by Psalms 34:18, “The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit”; and Psalms 51:17, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” Isaiah 57:15, “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones”
Edwards too had become a worshiper. God had visited his church, Edwards was humbled and grateful to be part of God’s great plan. The Lord is still looking for worshipers today. Maybe you aren’t great in the eyes of this world; thats okay. You too can be a worshiper like Mary.