Mark 14:4-5 ” Some of those present were saying to each other, ‘Why this waste of perfume? It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.’ And they rebuked her harshly.”

This unnamed woman had just broken an alabaster jar of nard, allowing its essence to cover Jesus and to fill the house with its heady fragrance. But no one saw it as an act of devotion, but rather as a shameful squandering of much needed resources…and they rebuked her sternly for “wasting” the perfume on Jesus. The world will look at many things you do as “wasting” your time/talents/money on Jesus. You may even wonder yourself at times if it’s worth it to keep reaching out to that unsaved friend, or visiting that elderly neighbor down the block, or loving that unlovable family member. Is it just a “waste”? Am I even making a difference? Let me allow Jesus to answer these questions for you…for He responded to their criticism of the woman by saying, “Leave her alone, why bother her? She has done a beautiful thing to Me.” So anytime you do a good work in the name of Jesus, it will never be a waste, for God can use it for His good.

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