Weekend Message Takeaway: “Don’t Waste Your Life”

Continuing our series through the Gospel of John, this weekend Pastor Doug told a story about the worth of Jesus . . .  a story that shows us how we should spend our lives! Here in John 12:1–19, we learned what extravagant devotion looks like through the example of Mary of Bethany and the reaction of Jesus’ followers as He rode into Jerusalem.  

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Let’s recap some of the key talking points from Pastor Doug's teaching this weekend:

Devotion: A strong feeling of love and loyalty for something or someone.

Extravagant: Lacking restraint; exceeding what is reasonable.

Extravagant Devotion Is Not Self-Conscious (John 12:1–3): Mary of Bethany makes three appearances in the Gospels: 1) At the feet of Jesus (Luke 10:38–42), 2) when her brother Lazarus dies (John 11:1–44), and 3) the anointing at Bethany (Mark 14; John 12). In her appearances, we learn about true humility; what it means to be lost in the moment with Jesus. Mary’s example of self-forgetfulness, of not being socially conscious when it comes to Christ, gives us an example to live by in a world that’s hostile towards the name of Jesus.

Reflect: The really wonderful moments of joy in this world are not the moments of self-satisfaction, but self-forgetfulness. Standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon and contemplating your own greatness is pathological. At such moments we are made for a magnificent joy that comes from outside ourselves.—John Piper

Extravagant Devotion Doesn’t Count the Cost: The oil—imported spikenard from the Himalayas—Mary used is estimated to have been worth $25,000 in today’s economy. It was equivalent to an entire year’s wages. It’s possible it could have been her dowry for marriage. But Mary didn’t consider these things, because she realized that there are some things you only get to do once in life, and when you recognize those moments, go after them with abandon! What is your spikenard? What’s it worth to you? Is He worth it to you?

Reflect: He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.—Jim Elliot

Extravagant Devotion Will Not Always Be Understood or Appreciated (John 12:4–8): Mary vs. Judas. Their actions and hearts were very different. Judas was conscious of what others thought, and he worked hard to create a certain impression. He did it well; none of the other disciples could see through it  . . . but Jesus could! Judas was very conscious of money—not for God, but for self. Judas loved money. Judas’s heart contradicted the treasure that Jesus is. Contrast that with Mary. She loved Jesus. Her heart responded to the treasure that is Jesus. What do you value above all?

Extravagant Devotion Always Leaves a Fragrance (John 12:9–11; 2 Corinthians 2:16): This household of Jesus’ friends certainly had a sweet smelling aroma. Many came to see Lazarus, the walking miracle, a man who spent four days in the grave—who once had the smell of death on him but no longer did. Then there was Mary, who smelled like her Savior, who worshiped and loved Him with deep devotion. And finally, there was Martha, a woman who served without comparison, who served with joy. This family had the fragrance of Christ that draws people, the aroma of life! But to those who are not of God, devoted believers have the aroma of death. Why? Because deep conviction and the wrestle of the Spirit is felt in the presence of devoted Christ-followers.

Extravagant Devotion Will Always Overflow Into Public Expressions (John 12:12–19): From the man who willingly gave up his colt for Jesus to ride because “the Lord has need of it” to the people who spread their coats on the road and shouted praise, true inward faith and extravagant devotion always produce public expression. It cannot be contained. It is a response to His glory, goodness, and grace, to the work He is doing on the inside. It should overflow without restraint, exceeding what is “reasonable” because His love has been poured into us.

Quote to Remember: You will not waste your life if you spend it on Jesus.—Pastor Doug Sauder

In this week’s featured article, Pastor Dan Hickling uses well-known stories from Jesus’ life to show how God’s timing is always perfect and for our eternal gain, even when it doesn’t seem that way to us. Click here to read the article.

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This Wednesday, our study of David’s life will bring us to 2 Samuel 6. This chapter follows David as he transports the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem and has an encounter with Saul’s daughter Michal. In this study, we’ll discover the joys of praising the Lord and how to deal with someone who is hostile towards our worship.

This weekend is Father’s Day! We hope you’ll join us for a very special service as guest speaker Dr. Bob Barnes of Sheridan House Family Ministry joins us honors and shares a powerful word for all the dads, grandfathers, and spiritual dads at our church.

About the Author

Danny Saavedra

Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.