March 16th, 2019
It is Not Always About Money
Mark 14:4-7 (KJB) And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made? 5 For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her. 6 And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me. 7 For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always.
It does not take any person long to glance around this world and see how wasteful a person can be with the resources given to him, whether it be food, money, or things found naturally growing in this world. Noticing what one might consider being wasteful depends on his or her outlook and heart condition.
Anotherwards looking through the lens of this world is different than viewing waste through God’s filter. The two opposing positions never mix or operate in the same distinct direction in this world.
In the particular case, as was recorded in these scripture verses, some of the people were incredibly concerned with this humble woman’s choice to waste costly and precious ointment. We do not perhaps know all the grumblers present here, but in the book of John, Judas Iscariot’s name is notated at the one who led the pack in expressing this disgust.
While many present on this day were focused on the waste of money, this woman, Mary, was attentive to the man whom she was applying this ointment. This man was no other than Jesus Christ in the flesh. Mary was applying this ointment in a sincere, loving gesture and it touched the heart of Jesus. She paid no mind to those pointing their fingers and being irritable with her supposed waste.
Why, because Mary was so attentive and busy with things of God to take note of their objections.
While the use of money is often a concern for a man, it is not always the most crucial aspect to consider in God’s estimation. Especially when worshipping and rejoicing in eternal things. God’s kingdom does not operate with funds of this world and relies upon the spiritual currency of faith. Faith in God is the fuel of His kingdom.