I’ve never had oil poured over my head, but Jesus had something like that happen to him. Remember the woman with all that expensive perfume (Mark14:3-9)? It seemed like a waste to the woman’s critics, but not to Jesus. People still talk about it just like Jesus said they would.
The love of Jesus inspires us. This is our dew of Hermon and soothing balm! Idolizing our own opinions (and we all do it to some extent) exhausts us and leaves us sick. Churches can stumble before a skeptical world that needs the Christ we often overlook.
How “very good and pleasant” it is when we remember Jesus enough to love the ones we are convinced are wrong.
God, grant us the grace to experience the cooling dew and the soothing oil of unity. May our churches drink from your living water and walk with serene love with our neighbors. Amen.
- A retired ABC/VNH pastor
Wilmington Baptist Church and their pastor Doug LaPlante
Wilmot Flat Baptist Church and their pastor Allen Koop
The ABCUSA Biennial Mission Summit coming up at the end of June in Overland Park, KS