Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, there came to him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat. But when the disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, to what purpose is this waste?? For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor. When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? For she hath wrought a good work upon me. For ye have the poor always with you, but me, ye have not always. For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial. Matthew 26: 6-12
The disciples were angry that the woman wasted her expensive perfume by pouring it all on Jesus. They said it could have been sold and given to the poor. They were right, and doing that would not have been a wrong thing to do, but Jesus pointed out something that they missed: she anointed him for burial, and it was his death, burial and resurrection that would redeem us all.
It was just a few days later that Jesus was betrayed by Judas and the soldiers came to take him to trial and his subsequent crucifixion. Jesus knew what was coming. The woman did not, but she wasted her box of perfume on him anyway.
What is it that we are holding back from “wasting” on Jesus?? What do we consider him worthy of?? A few minutes of singing praise on Sunday in church? A few minutes of reading our Bible because we should? A few dollars thrown in the offering basket because it looks good? A little bit of prayer here and there so you can say you did it? A little volunteer work on the side, so you can justify in your mind, the hours spent in pursuit of your own pleasure?
We are wasting our lives in pursuit of things that don’t matter. Maybe things that actually are really good things, but if we leave Jesus out of them, they are useless and accomplish nothing.
Whereas you know not what will be tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away. James 4: 14
Our life is really short in the context of eternity. We are here today and gone tomorrow. We need to hand over our short little “vapour” of a life to Jesus. He can make it into something that’s worthwhile.
The woman with the alabaster box wasted her entire box of expensive perfume by pouring it all over Jesus. The interesting part is that he was okay with that. He wasn’t embarrassed by it at all. Everyone else was embarrassed and angry, but he wasn’t. He just told them that her story would be recorded for telling long into the future. She “wasted” her perfume, but she didn’t waste her life.
Waste your life on Jesus.