Now when Jesus came back to Bethany and was in the house of Simon the leper, A woman came up to Him with an alabaster flask of very precious perfume, and she poured it on His head as He reclined at table. And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, For what purpose is all this waste? For this perfume might have been sold for a large sum and the money given to the poor. But Jesus, fully aware of this, said to them, Why do you bother the woman? She has done a noble (praiseworthy and beautiful) thing to Me. For you always have the poor among you, but you will not always have Me. In pouring this perfume on My body she has done something to prepare Me for My burial. Truly I tell you, wherever this good news (the Gospel) is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will be told also, in memory of her.
This woman honored God with her best. She could have went and bought some cheap perfume and pretended in front of the people to be doing something noble but her heart was not to impress those standing around, she wanted to honor God. Sometimes people do things to impress other people in an effort to sway their opinion of them or for some other selfish gain. Trying to impress people is empty labor; very hard work with little or no gain. This many times can lead to unnecessary emotional pain, frustration and disappointment. The truth is that it's only when we please God can we have a fruitful and successful return on our investments. Human beings can never reward you like God can.
Jesus said, How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only? (John 5:44)
- to affect or please somebody greatly. To have a strong, usually favorable effect on the mind or feelings of somebody.
The woman who poured costly perfume on Jesus was focused on honoring God not people. She chose to hear from heaven and follow through with the instructions that filled her heart and mind. Honoring God has everything to do with following His plans and purposes. When we live a life that overflows with rich wisdom from God, it will always lead us to do the right things and be at the right place at the right time.
This woman obviously took to heart all that Jesus had been saying about His death, burial and resurrection and sought to honor Him in helping Him to prepare for His ultimate sacrifice.
Jesus is coming back soon just like He said. There are ways we who believe can honor Him and prepare for His soon arrival. Choose today and every day to honor Him with your best. He is worthy!