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Bring Your Flowers Now!

September 19th, 2011 Posted in sermons

My granddaughter Stella loves to pick flowers. She will come to me and, with a smile of her beautiful face, say, “These are for you, Papa!” It always warms my heart.

There is a story in the Bible of a woman named Mary who understood what Jesus meant when He said He was going to die. Though it somehow did not seem to penetrate the minds of His own hand-picked disciples who had spent their every waking hour with Him for three years, Mary understood.

One night, Jesus and His friends were gathered at the house of Simon in Bethany. She listened as the Lord quietly spoke to the audience gathered. But with intuition inherent in women, she saw and heard something else. She saw the lines etching His face, and read aright the problems reflected in His eyes. An inner sense told her that the disciples were wrong in expecting a kingdom. The Master meant what He had said, and said what He meant: He was literary going to Jerusalem to be crucified.

She could not grasp something so terrible, but accepted it because He said it. She had to do something. She would not wait to give some floral tribute at His funeral. She would bring her flowers now! She would give the very best she possibly could!

Very expensive perfume.

So Mary took some very expensive perfume that was probably a family heirloom and poured it on the head of Jesus. Some were angry at her and criticized her for such a waste, as the street value of such a perfume was around $25,000. But in Mary’s mind, nothing was too good for Jesus, and she wanted to show her love to Him.

Jesus was impressed and even commended her for it. He said “Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her” (Matthew 26:13). Nothing is ever wasted if it is given with a right heart for God’s glory.

Let people know now!

That’s a good thing to remember about people you love—people who have impacted you as a Christian. Don’t wait until their funeral to say it. Say it now.

Go to them, or write them a letter or an e-mail or even a text and tell them what they mean to you—your husband, wife, child, friend, a spiritual leader—because you never know when you will have your last conversation with them.

So bring your flowers now, not later.

 

 

3 Responses to “Bring Your Flowers Now!”

  1. Terri says:

    Pastor Greg your ministry is so gratefully appreciated. I give you FLOWERS. I tell my children “try to do and say the things you want your loved ones to know now when it matters and not when it is too late and cannot tell them. I love flowers and I want them now for they are always followed by a smile. God Bless you Pastor Greg.

  2. linda says:

    GREG! Ilove you so much, for so many different reasons…I BRING YOU FLOWERS TODAY…to warm your heart!

  3. Taniko says:

    Thank you for your open,honest and down to earth heart. It’s always refreshing to read your encouraging blogs:) My grandmother used to say to me, when she was alive that she always enjoyed the flowers and gifts I would bring or send to her on my travels around the world. She also asked me not to bring flowers to her funeral for it would have been a waste of money because she would not be able to enjoy them. I miss her and her crazy humor. God is so good to us and continues to Bless us with his everlasting Love. May you and your family grow deeper in His Love and for His People! Thank You again for all you do!
    Your Sister in Christ, Taniko :)

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