Before she met Jesus, Mary Magdalene’s life was a train-wreck. I can’t explain what it looks like when a person has “seven demons”, and I can’t explain how they were “cast out,” but I do know that Jesus completely changed her messy life. Mary shared the same testimony as many of us: “I once was lost; now I’m found. I once was blind; now I see; I once was separated from God, now I have a Savior.”
After she met Jesus, Mary responded to this change in her life by devoting herself, 100%, to Him. We don’t know very much about her. He has obviously been the subject of intense speculation in popular culture. In truth, we know nearly nothing about her life – before Jesus or after. All we really know if wrapped up in Jesus. You see, from the moment that Jesus healed her, Mary Magdalene was His devoted follower. She followed Him. She supported Him financially. She tuned in to His teachings. She stood at the cross. She showed up at the tomb. He was a constant part of her life.
That is a model for every one of us. Jesus deserves (and demands) to be my life-focus. He should get the best of my energy; the first of my time; the first of my money. My words should honor him. My thoughts should honor Him. My actions should honor Him. He deserves that. And I should not spend a day on this earth that He is not part of! In fact, I hope that one day in the future people look back at my story and say, “We really don’t know much about him outside of Christ. His life was Christ. Everything else is just details.”
Father, help me to follow you with today with passion and focus. Help me to give you my all. Forgive me for when I have held back. Take all of me, and use me to bring you glory in all things. Amen.