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Minister preaches about 'Counting the Cost'

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After baptism at New Canaan Worship Center in Richmond, Virginia on Wednesday night, Rev. Blanche Murphy preached a sermonette about "Counting the Cost" based on Matthew 26:6-13 about the woman in Bethany who anointed Jesus' feet with perfume from her alabaster box.

The associate minister introduced her message by saying in today's society people seem to care not what something costs if they really want to buy it. She said people will buy things they don't need but things they want. Over time these things will fade and be eaten by moths.

Then there are some people who count the cost when it comes to their spirituality. They say they don't have time to serve God, but there is joy in serving God. There is joy in reading His word and sitting under the word of God.

In the text, the woman who opened her alabaster box didn't count the cost. We see in Matthew 26:7 that she didn't count the cost when she poured out the entire contents of the expensive perfume that filled the air.

Mary has listened to Jesus by sitting at His feet. Mary anointing His feet now was symbolic of anointing Jesus for burial. Mary gave her best to Jesus like Jesus in turn gave His best for us.

Don't count the cost because whatever we do for Jesus is not a waste. The disciples didn't know what they were talking about. They looked at the temporary things, while Mary was looking at something more eternal. The disciples became indignant saying the perfume could be sold to feed the poor because it was expensive and would have been a year's wages. In today's amount it would have been about $35,000.

Jesus would be around only for a little while longer while the poor will always be among us. Whatever we do for Jesus is not a waste. Service for Jesus is everlasting. Jesus Himself said in verse 13, what this woman did for Him would last. Mary preached the gospel of love when she poured the expensive perfume on Jesus' feet. She showed her reverence for Jesus by not counting the cost.

Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus didn't count the cost when He gave up His divinity to come to earth for us. He didn't count the cost when He died on the cross to save us. Jesus still is not counting the cost for us today. So, we should not count the cost. Don't think it's a waste to serve Jesus.

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