“Why this waste?!” (Matt. 26:8).
These are the words of Jesus’ disciples when an unnamed woman douses Jesus from head-to-toe with $40,000 of perfume. Yet Jesus considers this “waste” a thing of beauty (26:10).
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All of us are wasting our lives, one way or another. Some waste their lives on ambition, some on addiction, and some on endless acquisition.
Others of us waste our lives on charity.
That’s the point Jesus is making when He tells the disciples it’s better to spend the whole bottle of perfume on Him than to give it to the poor (26:9)
When charity comes before Jesus, it’s a waste. Not because it’s unhelpful, but because it’s unworshipful. Jesus deserves to be at the center of my life, and when He is, a lifestyle of charity will naturally flow out of it. But when things, even good things, come before Jesus, my whole universe is out of whack.
So don’t waste your life on ambition, addiction, or acquisition. Don’t even waste your life on charity. If you’re going to waste your life—which you are—waste your life on Jesus. Pour yourself out for the one who poured Himself out… for you.
Like the unnamed woman experienced, others will be critical.
They’ll say, “What a waste!”
But Jesus will consider your sacrifice beautiful.