Why the Waste?

Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume?  It could have been sold for more than a year´s wages and the money given to the poor.”  And they rebuked her harshly.  Mark 14:4-5 (NIV)

Where do we stand with this text?  Where do we stand with any Bible verse?  What do we do with them?  Do we use them to reinforce our superior position in relation to God?  Or do they expose the quiet parts of our souls?  Are we still allowed to hide some places in the shadow where no light need penetrate?  Is it far more comfortable to look at those others who slipped up?  Why would we even try to turn things around on us?  Are we not the remnant?  Are we not saved?

Perhaps we could have a little compassion on those we read about who fell to human and natural ways?  Or do WE always walk on a loftier road?  Have WE never made a bad judgment?  Have WE never slipped into focusing on our earthly scene instead of focusing upon our Lord?

Someone made an indignant comment when the woman anointed our Savior with oil.  Were they not thinking of the poor?  Were they not justified to be appalled at the sight of flagrant abuse of spending?  Had we been there, would we have felt any different?  But does the point lie with us?  Does it ever?  Is that where Jesus looks?  Or does He look with heavenly eyes?  Does He see through the trivial expressions and on to eternal intentions?  We look and see people and their actions.  But does Jesus see into the heart?  Does He see into the future?  Does He look always to see where the will of His Father is going?  Does He work in harmony with the Spirit continually?

It is easy now to see with hind-sight.  Those there that day saw a peer throwing away something of great value.  But from Jesus´ words and actions we see a little of what He saw.  He saw a woman who was acting of pure intentions.  He saw someone giving selflessly.  The woman gave no thought of losing her priceless treasure.  She only wanted to do something for Her Savior.  Jesus saw how the Spirit moved a simple woman to prepare the Sacrificial Lamb for what He was about to endure.  He saw His Father´s arm at work, carrying out His great plan of redemption.  He saw a woman directing herself to the Lord and not to herself.

“Leave her alone,” said Jesus.  Why are you bothering her?  She has done a beautiful thing to me.”  (Verse 6)

Could we too try to look beyond ourselves?  Could we try to see where the hand of our Lord is moving today?  Are we slipping up and focusing upon the things we see around us here in our lives?  Or are we focused upon Jesus?  Our intentions may be alright, but what does our Savior see?  Do we think about that?  Do we take what we see and run it by Him?  Or do we just figure that we know what is going on?

Dear Jesus, there is a lot happening around us right now?  We could feel indignant when we see our brothers and sisters acting in strange ways.  But please help us to be charitable.  Please help us look to You.  Teach us to examine our intentions.  Do not let us feel good about ourselves and fail to see when someone else is offering to You even more than we are.  Rather let us bring whatever we have to You.  Let us concern ourselves more on what it is that we are expressing to You.  We pray that You see us too giving selflessly even our most valuable treasures to You.  Take our hearts today!  Take all that we can give!  Help us to give even more!

Amen

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