What do you consider extravagant? This year’s wildly expensive Valentine’s gifts (per http://www.cnbc.com/id/29053542/page/1) included a $9,650 Ferrari cell phone; a $12,000 briefcase that only opens to the owner’s thumbprint; a $36,000 Fendi 24-carat gold python bag; $51,184 North Pole dog sled expedition; a $65,000 Tiffany bracelet; and a $15.5 million Italian castle. These over-the-top gift ideas certainly qualify as extravagant in my mind! I’m not sure they are signs of love, maybe they are signs of pride and swagger. I am perfectly happy with my extravagant husband’s gifts of a dozen red roses, funny card and a perfect book.

When you think of extravagant love who do you think of? Jesus wants us to think of God: God, our ever-loving Father; Jesus, our sacrificing, loving brother; and the Holy Spirit, our ever-present loving comforter. God is extravagant in love for us. Are we extravagant in our love for our 3-in-one God?

The Gospels tell of a woman who shared an extravagantly loving and worshipful moment with Jesus (John 12:1-8; Mark 14:3-9). Many couldn’t understand why Jesus didn’t rebuke her for this wildly expensive act. But Jesus knew extravagant love, when from the heart, is always welcomed. I think that’s the key: extravagance that comes from a giving heart where $ is not an option.

May we be heart-extravagant in our worship and love for God. May we be heart-extravagant in our love for one another and for the world. That’s the kind of extravagance that can change the world.

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 9 or 10:30 as we gather to share God’s extravagant love, mercy and grace with one another.

God bless you,

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