Why This Waste?
“While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.
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[a] and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.
“Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me.” -Mark 14:3-6
Many considered this woman a fool and rebuked her. She literally poured away thousands of dollars.
Yet she was the wisest in the room because she recognized Jesus for who he was –worthy of her prized possession, and more. To her this wasn’t a waste. In fact, it wasn’t enough! All the money in the world could not measure up to the worth of Jesus.
We are humbled and rebuked by this sight -because we value things and people more than we value Christ. We pour thousands of dollars into temporary things. We spend hours streaming and browsing. We expend energy establishing our own name.
So the tables are turned in the kingdom of God. Indeed, “Why this waste?” says Christ to us.
“Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.” -Isa 55:2