Just before the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, a woman came with an alabaster box of very precious ointment. While the men were eating, she poured the ointment on the head of Jesus Christ. This ointment was very expensive, and invoked a strong reaction from the disciples.
Consider two different people in this story with me today. First, meet a woman who openly displayed her love for Jesus Christ when she anointed Jesus’ head. She gave a gift that may have cost her about one year’s pay. She did not hesitate because the gift was representative of how much she obviously felt she owed Jesus. The others were not concerned with offering Jesus anything, but this woman gave something that cost her dearly. Can you imagine the scene there as these others that were so concerned about their own issues that they had forgotten that the Son of God had come to redeem them began to smell the sweet fragrance of that perfume? Their attention was immediately drawn to this woman. You might think that their reaction would be to thank her for doing what they each should have been willing to do … but that was not their reaction at all. Hold that thought for a moment.
Second, we see the very disciples of Jesus. One of these disciples was very close to betraying Jesus Christ for thirty pieces of silver (not nearly as much as the woman had paid for the perfume). He is one of the loud protestors of this gift. These men would also very soon all forsake Jesus and run away at His arrest in the Garden. Some faithful followers they were! They make this statement that I want to focus on today: “But when His disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, ‘To what purpose is this waste’” (Matthew 26:8)? Notice that this question was asked by these men, not the Pharisees.
The disciples called this precious demonstration a “waste.” I want to emphasize in this devotional that any gift you give for the use of Jesus Christ could never be considered a waste! Believe me, after these disciples realized that Jesus was crucified for their sins, and that He rose from the dead … each of them wished they had been the giver of such a wonderful gift! What do you have that is of great value to you today? What is it that is your most prized possession? Are you willing to give it up, and give it away for the cause of Christ? Give God your absolute best today. You will never regret it for all of eternity. He is worthy of all that you have.
“He is no fool who gives that which he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” – Missionary Jim Eliot