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Putting Worship in Perspective

Rev. Charles Oppong-Poku | June 18, 2024 | John 12:7-8

KEY VERSE: “You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”John 12:8 (NIV)



In John 12:7-8, Jesus addresses Judas' criticism of Mary’s act of anointing Him with expensive perfume, and this passage invites us to reflect on the balance between worship and service, and how we view poverty in the context of our faith.


Mary’s devotion was criticized by Judas, who argued that the perfume could have been sold and the money given to the poor. However, Jesus emphasized the significance of her worship and their unique moment. This teaches us several important lessons: 1. Worship and service; 2. Recognizing sacred moments and 3. The holistic approach to faith. While caring for the poor is a biblical mandate, worship, and devotion to Jesus are equally important.


Jesus acknowledged the presence of poverty but highlighted the irreplaceable moment of honouring Him. Jesus again reminded His disciples that His physical presence was temporary. There are sacred moments in our spiritual journey that require our full attention and devotion, and recognizing and seizing these moments is essential. And finally, Jesus’ response encourages us to adopt a holistic approach to our faith, where worship and service coexist. We are called to serve others while also dedicating time and resources to worship and honour Jesus.



How do you balance your acts of service with your moments of worship and devotion to Jesus? Reflect on how you allocate your time and resources between serving others and worshipping Jesus. Consider how often you take the time to acknowledge and cherish moments of deep spiritual significance and ensure that both your acts of service and your worship are given their due importance in your daily life.


Heavenly Father, thank you for Mary's devotion and Jesus' teachings. Help me balance service with worship and honour to you. Grant me wisdom to cherish sacred moments in my spiritual journey. Keep my heart focused on you, and guide me to serve others with love and compassion. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.





DAILY word study: THE POOR The phrase "the poor" comes from the Greek word πτωχός (ptōchos), which refers to those who are economically disadvantaged, destitute, or beggars. Jesus’ statement, "You will always have the poor among you," is a reference to Deuteronomy 15:11, which acknowledges the persistent presence of poverty. However, His assertion "But you will not always have me" highlights the unique and temporary nature of His earthly ministry. This contrast emphasizes the importance of discerning the critical moments when devotion to Christ takes precedence over all other duties. Jesus does not dismiss the importance of caring for the poor but rather prioritizes the act of honouring Him in the context of His impending death and burial. Reflections: How do you balance your responsibilities to help those in need with your devotion and worship to Christ? Reflect on moments when God might be calling you to focus more intently on Him, even when there are other pressing needs around you. How can you better discern these moments in your own spiritual journey?

𝔹𝔸ℙ𝕋𝕀𝕊𝕋 Daily Devotional | AUDIO VERSION | JUNE 18, 2024

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