“Meanwhile, Jesus was in Bethany at the home of Simon, a man who had previously had leprosy. While he was eating, a woman came in with a beautiful alabaster jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard. She broke open the jar and poured the perfume over his head.
Some of those at the table were indignant. ‘Why waste such expensive perfume?’ they asked. ‘It could have been sold for a year’s wages and the money given to the poor!’ So they scolded her harshly.
But Jesus replied, ‘Leave her alone. Why criticize her for doing such a good thing to me? You will always have the poor among you, and you can help them whenever you want to. But you will not always have me. She has done what she could and has anointed my body for burial ahead of time. I tell you the truth, wherever the Good News is preached throughout the world, this woman’s deed will be remembered and discussed.’” Mark 14:3-9
The woman in these verses was so brave! In that culture, women didn’t just walk into a group of men, but she knew something about splashing the world with a purpose.
Complacency is the enemy of changing the world. If this woman had become complacent, we wouldn’t have this passage of Scripture. When we become complacent with who Jesus is and what He wants to do with our lives, we make God common. And God is not a common God! We have to keep Jesus in His rightful place as King; our sense of awe of who He is and what He has done for us must never be lost.
This woman had every reason to be worried; she knew that she would be scolded for what she was going to do. But that didn’t matter to her, because obeying God and desiring to please Him over conforming to what the world would want was more important to her. Romans 12:1—“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.”) Presenting ourselves to God to do what He calls us to do is the way to worship Him.
We can’t fix everything, so many times we do nothing—which doesn’t help anything! But we have to use what we have effectively to advance the Good News to the world. In this woman’s case, pouring expensive perfume over Jesus’ head was more effective for this purpose than selling the perfume and giving the money to the poor. The men in the room viewed her use of such expensive perfume as wasteful, but Jesus recognized it as an effective way for her to utilize what she had been entrusted with. The point isn’t how much you’ve been given, but how you use what you have to advance Christ in the hearts of people. We can’t expect to make the world perfect, but we can do our best to spread the Gospel throughout the world, using whatever means God has placed in our hands.
She seized the moment for an incredible purpose. Her obedience to what she was called to do impacted not only the people in that room, but generations of people after her. When God wants to use you, don’t get distracted with small things that cause you to derail from His purpose. Don’t allow fear to cause you to miss a chance to advance the Gospel. Seize the moment to splash the world.
Watch week two of our summer series Splash Here
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