Extravagant Love

DEVOTION- Christian devotion is the spontaneous act of extravagant love

which ignores all social conventions and practical logic in order to pour out on

Jesus all adoration, praise, and honor.

In our attitude,

extravagant love is unreserved: no cultural norms or personal inhibitions will

prevent us from adoring our Lord.

Extravagant love is unashamed: no fear of embarrassment will stop us from

displaying our love for Christ.

Extravagant love is unexpected: we love Christ passionately because he loved us

graciously.

Extravagant love is unrehearsed: our gratitude to him flows spontaneously out

of thankful hearts.

Extravagant love is unreal: our love is a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit.

In our actions, extravagant love is a passionate burning heart on fire for Christ.

Passionate love is expressive: our love for Christ involves our whole being.

Passionate love is excessive: we are over-the-top in our adoration of Christ.

Passionate love is external: no hiding our devotion to the one who died and rose

again.

Passionate love is extensive: our love for Christ involves every area of our lives.

Passionate love is extraordinary: the world cannot understand our convictions,

loyalty, and love for Christ.

Maintaining a passionate, extravagant love for Christ fulfills the command to

love the Lord, your God, with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength (Matt.

22:37).

“And the house was filled with the odor of the ointment” (John 12:3).By

the breaking of that flask and the anointing of the Lord Jesus, the

house was pervaded with the sweetest fragrance. Everyone could smell it

and none could be unaware of it. What is the significance of this?

Whenever you meet someone who has really suffered — someone who

has gone through experiences with the Lord that have brought limitation,

and who, instead of trying to break free in order to be ‘used’, has been

willing to be imprisoned by Him and has thus learned to find satisfaction

in the Lord and nowhere else — then immediately you become aware of

something.

Immediately your spiritual senses detect a sweet savor of Christ.

Something has been crushed, something has been broken in that life, and

so you smell the odor. The odor that filled the house that day in Bethany

still fills the Church today; Mary’s fragrance never passes. It needed but

one stroke to break the flask for the Lord, but that breaking and the

fragrance of that anointing abides.

We are speaking here of what we are; not of what we do or what we

preach. Perhaps you may have been asking the Lord for a long time that

He will be pleased to use you in such a way as to impart impressions of

Himself to others. That prayer is not exactly for the gift of preaching or

teaching.

It is rather that you might be able, in your touch with others, to impart

God, the presence of God, the sense of God. Dear friends, you cannot

produce such impressions of God upon others without the breaking of

everything, even your most precious possessions, at the feet of the Lord

Jesus.

Watchman Nee, The Normal Christian Life (Fort Washington , PA: CLC, 1985), 281.

Matthew PalmierComment