While Jesus was in Bethany at the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.”
Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. I tell you the truth, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” ~ Matthew 26:6-13
What happened here is that a woman took her greatest treasure and gave it to the LORD in the most loving and humble way she could. This is the ultimate call of the followers of Jesus Christ: Give the treasures God has given you for the LORD’S pleasure and work. Though it will seem a great waste to some, it is a beautiful thing to our LORD. Indeed, it is the theme of God Cares Ministry and most Christ-centered ministries.
What an honored memorial this dear sister has to her credit. It is much like the memorial of Cornelius, and his family, who were “devout and God-fearing; and who gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly”. The LORD sent an angel to him who, upon greeting him said,
Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God…Acts 10:1-8
Wow! What an honor!
The LORD allowed Cornelius and his household to be among the first Gentile converts, which set in motion the blessings that continue to flow to us Gentiles in the twenty-first century.
Indeed, our generous acts and gifts of love are “a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.”
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. ~ Hebrews 6:10
Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. ~ 1 Corinthians 15:58
So many people bury their talents and treasures because of fear that they are not good enough. But the Lord is the giver of gifts – and He knows our limitations. He wants us to grow in faith.
As we step out in humble generosity and loving kindness, we will see the Lord respond in favor. Yes, people may speak negatively about us and our gifts, for certainly we lack human perfection! However, spiritual perfection is within the heart. That’s where God is looking and seeking worship.
God is Spirit and they who worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.John 4:24