Monday, November 2

Not wasted

Scripture: Job 25, Mark 13-14

Mark 14:4–5 Some of those at the table were indignant. “Why waste such expensive perfume?” they asked. 5 “It could have been sold for a year’s wages and the money given to the poor!” So they scolded her harshly.


A woman (John identifies her as Mary, sister of Martha and Lazarus) pours an entire bottle of very expensive perfume (worth a year’s wages) on Jesus.  It was an act of worship and love.  But some of the disciples were indignant.  “Why waste such expensive perfume?  It could have been sold and the money given to the poor.”  And they scolded her harshly.

Jesus came to her rescue, telling them to leave her alone, and that she had done this to prepare His body for burial.  They would always have the poor and could do things for them anytime, but they wouldn’t always have Jesus.  Then Jesus memorialized this woman and what she had done—the only person beside Himself that He did so.

The woman worshipped lavishly; the disciples saw only waste.  What a contrast!


When you give your best to Jesus, some people will think it a waste.  I had an adviser in high school who wanted me to become a politician, and thought being a pastor was a waste.  

Some people consider prayer and worship a waste of time.  “You’re talking to your imaginary friend.”  

Some people consider giving money to God and God’s work as a waste of money.  “You could have done something for yourself with that.”

Some people consider a life of devotion to God a wasted life.  “You could have made a name for yourself.”  

Please know that whatever you give or devote to God is not wasted, but invested and will bring eternal returns.  Your prayers, your worship, your service, your time, your generosity, your life is not wasted when it’s given to Jesus.

Prayer: Lord, help me give You my very best—like this woman did—knowing that it’s never wasted.