Bible Verse: 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. John 12:3

Scripture Reading: John 12:1-8

Every day that they were with Jesus, the disciples gained practical experience of what trusting God for provisions of daily life meant – for they shared a “common purse” together with Jesus (John 12:6; 13:29). They had no reason to be anxious. They gave what they had and received daily what they needed.

It was consequently no surprise to them that they should share a common table after the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:44; 4:34-36; 6:1-2). To share freely with one another was not a big step. But it only happened as the disciples sought first the kingdom and his righteousness. The Church as a sharing community of the kingdom is obviously very different from the church as a place to go on a Sunday morning.

It is important to see that the command to forsake all is not directed against the institution of private property. It is directed against the power that Mammon1“wealth regarded as an evil influence or false object of worship and devotion.” gains over our hearts, against the practice of laying up treasure for ourselves. It is the beginning of a life lived sacrificially, frugally, simply and corporately – as Christ and his apostles modelled it.

In the world, a man who gives up everything has nothing! It is not so for a believer who gives up everything at the beginning of his life as a disciple. A believer who gives up everything at Jesus’ command becomes a disciple in the kingdom where his needs become also the concern of the Lord and of his fellow disciples.

— Herbert Klassen in Obedient Love

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