Isn’t that a waste of money?

“The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me.”  Mark 14:7.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Deuteronomy 5-6, Psalm 43, and Mark 14.

This is not a rip against poor people.  It is, however, a fine example of why when you yank a verse out of the bed it is sleeping in, you can easily be misled.

Anything Jesus did or said was good.  If I start with that certainty, then I can peel back what went on and possibly see why it was good.

So much of what Jesus did was obviously good; people are hungry so He feeds them.

The lady connected to this verse had poured expensive perfume on Jesus.  Waste of money?  Not to Jesus.  He saw a woman with right priorities.  She wanted to express her love for Jesus in an unlimited way.

Yes, she could have distributed the money from the perfume to other places but to her celebrating Jesus was more important and He agreed with her.

Recall Martha and Mary.  The problem with Martha was that presenting a good meal to Jesus was more important than presenting herself to Him.  Mary insisted on being in Jesus’s presence.  It was more important to her and Jesus noted that.  Jesus wasn’t being anti-food or anti-presentation.

Being close to God must be our priority.  Doing good things is worthwhile but it must not be a priority above a close relationship to Him.

“Lord, I need You.  Keep me from getting distracted away from You even if the distractions are good things.  Examine my life, Father, and reveal what must change so that I don’t miss out on what You want me to do.  Guide me.  Direct my path.  I love You, Lord.”

Let God decide what we should or should not do?  Father knows best!



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