A woman having an alabaster box of precious ointment had broken it and poured it on the head of Jesus. There were eyewitnesses who were instantly upset and asked the question…
“Why was this waste of the ointment made?” They spoke with indignation asking why wasn’t it sold for a high value and given to the poor? Her action of sacrifice unto Jesus seemed outlandish and ridiculous to the naysayers. However, to this woman, her greatest gift and treasure was to be given to Jesus before His death, burial, and resurrection. According to Jesus, what she gave was to be spoken of as a memorial of her.
Focus Scripture: “And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, why was this waste of the ointment made?” Mark 14:4
What waste of resource have you witnessed lately that really bothered you? The waste of water, waste of food, waste of money, or waste of products? Have you witnessed someone close to you who has no concept of saving and instead spends money and resources as fast as they can make it? In the past, I surely wished as a parent that a $5 bill would have been given to me every time I said the words “Don’t waste that” to my children. 🙂 Or the statements, you could have saved that, not spent it on that, why did you do that, what were you thinking, and so on that emphatically implied – Why this waste?
Whatever the season of life that you are in, there are several things that are for certain.
1) Only what you do for Christ will last for eternity.
2) You can never out give the Lord.
3) You will never regret the sacrifices you make for Him.
4) You will always have your critics and those who will speak negatively about your service to the Lord.
But what others may see as waste, very well could be treasure in the eyes of the One who really matters. So don’t hold back, but rather go ahead and give your treasure to the Lord. It is not wasteful and could be a memorial unto the Lord.
“But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. For where your treasure is, there will be your heart be also.” Matthew 6:20
Pastor Daron Hudspeth