A Generous Response
The gospels narrate how Jesus made a visit to the house of Simon the Leper at Bethany. Bethany was the home of Simon the Leper as well as Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. During the course of the evening, a woman, called a “sinner,” anoints the head of Jesus with costly ointment.
Jesus healed Simon of leprosy, and he hosted a dinner in Jesus’ honor – a one-time act of service. But it is the woman who invests the best she has to offer—she anoints the head and feet of Jesus. We have this example for all time.
For the woman, her whole life was the offering to Jesus who redeems, generously gives hope, peace, and joy, heals body and soul, and freely forgives sin. Our Lord is a lavish God who deserves our full attention. Paul writes in 1 Cor. 6:20, “For you were bought at a price.” What is the suggested response? The verse continues, “Therefore, glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” The Lord is paying attention, and the world awaits.
One good response to Him is to see what opportunities you have to serve the Lord in His global enterprise to disciple the nations long-term, short-term, at home or abroad, according to your criteria for service—however the Lord leads you. How? Register or login at missionnext.org to continue your journey to follow Him with a whole heart.
Nelson Malwitz, Founder MissionNext
Nelson is the generic Evangelical baby-boomer. Born in 1946, raised in the C&MA and attended Urbana ’67 in college. He holds an MS degree in Chemical Engineering and worked in R&D positions in American industry for 33 years. Nelson is an inventor with formal training in methods of creative problem-solving. He was a founding elder at Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel, CT (1982) in what is now one of the largest Evangelical churches in New England. In 1998 Nelson founded the Finishers Project, now MissionNext, and serves in program development. He has been in 45 countries to work with leaders of leaders and see multiple cultures first hand.