Jesus calls us to do the right thing at the right time as we seek to honor him with our lives.
The Right Thing At The Right Time
John 12:1-8 NIV
1Six days before the Passover, Jesus arrived at Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. 3Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
4But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, 5″Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” 6He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.
7″Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. ” It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. 8You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”
It’s All A Matter of Timing
Several years ago, friends of ours told this story about the pastor they served with. This pastor was known for being rather abrupt, and was not the most subtle in conversation. During a wedding at their church, the pastor was officiating, of course. When the time came for the vows, the groom was rather nervous, as many grooms are.
The pastor began to read the vows —
“Do you, John, take Mary for your wife…”
At which point, the anxious groom interrupted by saying “I do.” The pastor, obviously not finished with the entire reading of the vows, looked at him and said, “Not yet!”
The pastor started again, “And do you promise before God and these witnesses to to love her….”
Again, the groom jumped the gun, “I do.”
And again the pastor replied, “Not yet!”
Well this went on a couple more times until finally the pastor got to the last question —
“…and forsaking all others to keep thee only unto her so long as you both shall live?”
He paused and looked at the groom, who by now was so gun shy that he didn’t dare say a word.
After what seemed like an eternity, the pastor finally turned to him and said, “Now!”