Meanwhile, Jesus was in Bethany at the home of Simon, a man who had previously had leprosy. While he was eating, a woman came in with a beautiful alabaster jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard. She broke open the jar and poured the perfume over his head.
Some of those at the table were indignant. “Why waste such expensive perfume?” they asked. “It could have been sold for a year’s wages and the money given to the poor!” So they scolded her harshly. (Mark 14:3-5 NLT)
Mary poured her expensive perfume over Jesus’ head according to Mark. That was all I knew as a child in the Sunday school. I thank God for giving this opportunity to share with you the knowledge I have acquired as I listened to messages from other preachers, and His wisdom.
My question for the day is:
What do you call waste?
Is it the car you have given to support God’s work or the car you have in your garage?
Is it the new cloth you have given to that poor fellow or the one you have kept for the future?
Is it the money you have donated to help widows and orphans or the amount you amount you are reserving for the fear of tomorrow?
Is it the joy you bring to people’s home with your gifts, talent, etc or your selfish lifestyle?
What do you call waste?
Many Christians today act like what those guys did. They talk when someone gives something, they think is expensive, to support God’s work. Mary gave a designer perfume. The Bible says it was expensive. She didn’t give it to Jesus but broke it and pour it over Head. she never asked if she could used it on Him because I believe people would have discouraged her. You don’t need people’ views before you do something for God. This is a lesson for us today. Mary’s name is mentioned wherever the Gospel of our Lord Jesus is preached because of what she did. Don’t let people discourage you of the things you want to do for the Lord. Could it be your talent, money, property, etc? I would encourage you to go ahead with that decision to give.
Some of us could buy a gadgets for thousands of Dollars or Pounds but see the hundreds they give as something of great value. Consider the widow’s mite. That widow gave all she had and that caught Jesus’ attention. What do you have today? What percentage do you want to give to the Master? By the way, before you think about the percentage, consider the cost of the breath you take, the cost of you strength, and the cost of your salvation. Don’t call what is meant for God a waste. It’s not waste of money, or any other thing you want to give to God.
I believe we are going to repent and start giving our best clothes to the needy, best cars to support God’s work, work hard in God’s house, seek first His Kingdom, etc.
God gave His only son, Abraham almost sacrificed his only son, Moses chose to suffer with God’s children, others gave up all to follow Jesus. What do you have to give? It is never a waste. Your reward would be great on earth, and in Heaven.
God bless you!
Awesome message. Great insight.
“…What do you have today? What percentage do you want to give to the Master? By the way, before you think about the percentage, consider the cost of the breath you take, the cost of you strength, and the cost of your salvation. Don’t call what is meant for God a waste. It’s not waste of money, or any other thing you want to give to God…”
I have shared this in my FaceBook Group
I thank God for His knowledge and wisdom. I have learnt that most of us tend to be ungrateful. God gives freely but we think twice before we give. We sometimes think the things we give are too much. God have mercy on us.
God bless you Bishop