Jesus answered, "Don't stop her. It was right for her to save this perfume for today—the day for me to be prepared for burial. The poor people will always be with you. But you will not always have me."
— John 12:7-8 NLT
Scripture is clear: we are to help the poor, feed the hungry, and care for widows, orphans, and aliens among us. Yet there will always be a tug of war about our priorities in how to give—what do we give specifically and extravagantly to help the poor among us and what do we give to support other facets of the Lord's work. Each is important. Each can honor God. So let's not be critical of those who give extravagantly to any of God's work. God knows the heart of the giver and we need to rejoice in their generosity to honor him. Even more, we need to be generous with the Lord and those in need! After all, Jesus himself reminds us that when what we do to care for those less fortunate, we are actually doing it for him! (Matthew 25)
Loving and gracious Father, mold my heart to be more like yours. Bless me with graciousness, generosity, thankfulness, and a forgiving spirit. Open my eyes to all that Jesus has done, is doing, and will do for me so that I will more freely share with others my love, possessions, money, and time. In Jesus' name, and because of Jesus' love, I pray. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- 2 Corinthians 8:7
- 2 Corinthians 9:6-8
- Matthew 25:31-40
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.