Worship? [Andrew McMillan]

Worshipping with our hands raised to the ceiling seems to some as useful as a can-opener to a lizard. A friend once said, “And if God was even real, why would He need us to boost His ego?”  Besides the emotional enjoyment of releasing endorphins, I would say it helps us see the bigger picture of life. But also, I would say something else happens.

It was Judas, the lizard, who thought Mary’s worship was stupid. It was interesting that Judas was not the only one.

Some of those at the table were indignant. “Why waste such expensive perfume?” they asked. Mark 14:3

She poured out a year’s wage worth of oil all over Jesus and the smell filled the house. What do you earn in a year? Imagine putting that in the offering. Someone would call you stupid for sure.

Jesus, however, thought it was great. He said what she did would be talked about forever. That sounds a like an exaggeration until we realize that you and I are talking about it right now.

A good perfume of about $200 an ounce will stick to you all day and all night. The next day when Jesus was tortured, He smelled Mary’s worship. When they stripped Him of his robe, they could not strip off the fragrance. As He was drowning in His own blood on the cross, He smelled her worship. As He took His last breath, it was sweet.

When it cost us something to worship Jesus, He remembers. When we don’t understand why we aren’t bypassing pain, but we worship anyway, it still pleases Him. And He will share the pleasure with us.

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In 1994, the McMillan family traveled to the kidnappingmurder, and drug capital of the western hemisphere to plant a church and a foundation. God thought Medellin, Colombia a good place to raise a family. And turns out He was right (as He usually is). It became a very large family: The church, Comunidad (Community), is now the largest church in Medellin with over 8,000 members, the Foundation, Viento Fresco, cares for over 150 high-risk children, and a non-profit coffee shop, New Hearts Cafe, serves cups of caffeine and the love of Jesus to thousands of college students.

God is doing so much in Medellin, and we write about here on the Teammcmillan.org blog!


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