Human nature tells us to protect and take care of ourselves. While we might be generous to others and lend a helping hand, it is against our nature to give up our security for someone else. Pastor Sean talks about the story of Mary anointing Jesus’ feet, and how this was much more than just a selfless act. Mary chose to lay down everything valuable to her in order to follow and love Jesus. What do you need to let go of in order to follow Jesus more closely?



12 Six days before the Passover celebration began, Jesus arrived in Bethany, the home of Lazarus—the man he had raised from the dead. A dinner was prepared in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, and Lazarus was among those who ate[a] with him.Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar[b] of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance.

But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray him, said, “That perfume was worth a year’s wages.[c] It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.” Not that he cared for the poor—he was a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciples’ money, he often stole some for himself.

Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. She did this in preparation for my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”

When all the people[d] heard of Jesus’ arrival, they flocked to see him and also to see Lazarus, the man Jesus had raised from the dead. 10 Then the leading priests decided to kill Lazarus, too, 11 for it was because of him that many of the people had deserted them[e] and believed in Jesus.


Application Questions:

  • What is the one thing that is most important to you?
  • Would you lay that down to follow Jesus more closely?
  • What do you need to let go of?