Haddon Robinson tells a story of a mother and her son. The father had died when the boy was young. The mother and son had a very unique relationship. This was back in the days before television, and folks would spend evenings listening to the radio or reading to one another. Mother and son both enjoyed listening to good music.
In his early twenties, the son met a young woman at Church, fell in love with her, and they decided to be married. Back then during World War II, housing in our large cities was very difficult to get. The mother knowing they wanted to be married, said We have a two-story house. I can make an apartment for myself in the second story. You and your bride can live in the first story. The only thing I ask is that we get a chance to spend some time together because Im going to miss the reading and the music.
Her son said Mother you can be sure of that. its too important to me. The couple married. For a while, life continued with the son stopping by couple of time a week to spent some time with his wonderful mother. He was busy, and eventually daysand even weeks-went by with only a call from downstairs or a brief glimpse. The relationship was not what it had been.
On his mothers birthday, he bought her a lovely dress, brought it to her and said, Happy Birthday, Mother. She open the package and looked at the dress. Oh, Son, thank you. I appreciate so much what youve done. He said, Mother, you dont like it. She said Oh, yes, I do. Its my color. Thank you. He said, Mother, I have the sale slip. They tell me I can take it back. She said, No, it is a lovely dress. He said, Mother, you dont fool me. Weve been together too long. Whats wrong?
The woman turned and open her closet. She said, Son, I have enough dresses there to last me for the rest of my life. I guess all I want to say is that I dont want your dress. I want you.
God feels the same way this woman felt. He told Israel that he didnt want their sacrifices and offerings; He wanted them. In Luke 7, we find the story of a woman who was grateful to Jesus that she gave him a wonderful gift. We read about it, beginning with verse 36.
Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisees house an reclined at the table. When a woman who had lived sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at Pharisees house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, and has she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. (Luke 7:36-38). Weeping can be a expression of sorrow and grief or of grateful love toward Christ. By weeping in prayer and faith, the believer expresses to God what is in his/her heart; such tears are valued as an offering and service unto the Lord.
As wonderful as Marys gift was, Jesus wants something better from us, more than anything else, Jesus wants our friendship today! Give God the best gift you could possibly give, give him the gift of yourself.