Worship seems ‘wasteful’ to those whose hearts are not right with God. In Mark 14 as Jesus visited the home of Simon the Leper, a woman “came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.”
This act of selfless devotion was criticized. “Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.
What do you value? Our purchases reveal our heart values don’t they? Would we be willing to take a year’s wages and spend it on Christ?
As I reflected on the sacrifice made by this woman I thought of the hymn, “Give of your best to the Master.” How long had she been planning to do this? What prompted her to act? Her devotion was public, others would smell it, see it, talk about it and her love for her Master would not be hidden.
Do I hide my love for Christ? Do others see Christ in me as I worship? Where’s the evidence?
Wasted worship? Not in the least. Her selfless act of devotion has spurred millions around the world who have had the rich privilege of reading this account in their own language. May the Spirit of God embed the picture of this selfless worship that we may pour out all that we are and have in devotion to our Lord! He is worthy!