John 12:2-3 (KJV)
2 There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him. 3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.
The time for the death of Jesus was coming near. It was 6 days before Passover and in these verses we find Jesus eating with his close friends, Mary, Martha and Lazarus. Martha was serving the food. Lazarus was sitting with Jesus at the table. But Mary was taking the time to anoint the feet of Jesus.
In a previous story about Mary and Martha we find the following verses in Luke, “As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!" "Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."” So once again in John we find Martha busy serving those around her, while Mary anoints the feet of Jesus where she had sat previously listening to Jesus talk. It was not long until Jesus was to die and Martha is still going about doing busy work, while Mary is taking the time to be with Jesus and show her love and appreciation to Him. Many of us are no different than Martha, we spend a lot of busy time, but we aren’t spending quality time with out Lord. We feel it more important to be performing tasks than just sitting, listening and talking with out Lord. Pray we find more time to spend with our savior. Pray we show Him the love and respect he deserves.