Unhurryup!™ into Easter #36 -

Lean into God's love, centering your attention and focus toward Him.

Find a quiet, comfortable space.
Take three deep breaths - 
On inhale say, "Not my will"
On exhale say, "but yours be done." 

Evaluate honestly how you are as you come into His presence.
As you come to be with God in these moments, take heed of how you feel.
Are you eager, tired, distracted, joyful, full of doubt, dry? 
Believing that He welcomes and loves you just as you are, not as you think you should be,
present your "just as I am" self honestly before God: 
"Here I am Lord...no pretense...no demands...
open my heart to trust Your love."
Notice what stirs your soul as you interact with the following:
Mark 14: 9-11
And surely I tell you, wherever the good news (the Gospel) is proclaimed in the entire world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.
    10Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the Twelve [apostles], went off to the chief priests in order to betray and hand Him over to them.
    11And when they heard it, they rejoiced and were delighted, and they promised to give him money. And he [busying himself continually] sought an opportunity to betray Him.
The woman who anoints Jesus - 

  • it is the only time Jesus says someone has done something beautiful for him. 
  • It is the only time Jesus says of someone with whom He interacts, "What she has done will be told alongside the good news..."
  • She did what she could - and it was considered "foolish" (1 Cor 1:18)

Shocking, the contrast presented us in verse 10: 
"Then Judas Iscariot...
  • the one who scolded her for her wasteful indulgence (John 12:4);
  • the one who was holding back funds (John 12:6)...
  • the one known as "The Betrayer" ...
....went off to the chief priests to betray him..."

The woman at His feet - kissing and anointing him.
Judas - who would soon have the Messiah washing His feet - preparing to betray Jesus with a kiss.

Oh the irony.

And when they - the chief priests - heard that one of Jesus' closest disciples would betray Jesus, they rejoiced and were delighted. The delight at capturing another human being because of their own insecurities and power-hungry souls.

Beauty or betrayal  - in what ways will we do both of these week as we turn our attention to Jesus on His way to suffering and death on a cross?

Then take 3-5 minutes in silence to listen to what He might want to say to you.
What might you like to say to God in response.

Trust Him to open your heart toward fully receiving and living into His love.

As you leave this space, ask God to make you aware of the ways 
over the next 24 hours that you might bring Him a beautiful sacrifice. Also, ask Him to show you, even in subtle ways of attitude or action, how you are tempted to and/or actually betray Him.

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