“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Mathew 6:21
In Matthew 26, a woman poured extremely expensive perfume all over the feet of Jesus. She was met with indignation, even disgust, by Jesus’ disciples. They provocatively asked:
“Why this waste?”
It was a year’s worth of wages wrapped up in a bottle. This lavish act of love stirred criticism amongst the others as they considered a more noble use for her perfume. They said, “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.” (Matthew 26:9)
What did this woman believe about Jesus to take such a precious commodity, and in a moment, spill it out over his feet?
When we love Jesus with all our hearts, nothing is too good for Him. And when we recognize the goodness that comes from Him — that He came to set us free from the bondage of sin and heal our brokenness, exchanging the ashes in our lives with the beauty and purity of His own — we can’t help but worship Him completely, even amidst scrutiny.
This woman knew that Jesus could offer her what the world could not: a new life with total forgiveness. Her treasure was in Jesus. Her heart was completely set upon Him.
Jesus stands at the door of our hearts and knocks. When we open this door to Him, nothing we offer to Him is a waste. A life lived in total surrender to God is the richest life one can ever live.
Give me strength and courage to share with others what You have done in my life. May everything I do, say, and think bring You glory. Amen.
Think of two people you can share your story with this week. Whether they believe in Jesus or not, encourage them by describing how you have experienced Jesus, and what He has done in your life. Consider reading the Share This! series for more on how to tell your story.