Jesus was in Bethany. He was at the house of Simon the leper. While Jesus was there, a woman came to him. She had an alabaster jar filled with very expensive perfume. The woman poured this perfume on Jesus' head while Jesus was eating. The followers saw the woman do this and became upset at the woman. The followers asked, "Why waste that perfume? That perfume could be sold for much money and the money could be given to poor people."
— Matthew 26:6-9 NLT
Extravagance! We hate it wasted on others; we often find a way to justify it for ourselves. But God is the God of extravagance. Because of his extravagant grace, we have a beautiful and marvelous universe. Because of God's extravagance, we have a wonderful Book full of his truth. Because of God's extravagance, we have a wonderful Savior in Jesus Christ, God's Son. Because of God's extravagance, we have the wonderful promise of an eternity with him in heaven.
While God doesn't want us to be selfishly extravagant on ourselves, he does want us to be generous with others and wants us to be joyously appreciative toward him.
While the disciples were correct that waste is not welcome, they were failing to see the incredible worthiness of their Master—that he is worthy of their most extravagant gifts because of the incredibly extravagant gift he was about to give them.
The real question for us today is, what have we done, sacrificed, or offered as our appreciation for God's awesome and extravagant gift to us in Jesus?
Holy and sacrificial Father, I have no way of truly understanding your gift of Jesus and what it cost you. Your extravagant sacrifice has saved me, redeemed me, pardoned me, and delivered me from death and given me the promise of life with you in heaven. How can I ever thank you? What gift could I give you to show my thanks and appreciation? I know of nothing that I can give you worthy of your sacrifice, so I will give you what I can. Today I give you my heart and will seek to live my life today, and each from this day forward, alive in the joy of your salvation and living to your glory. In Jesus' matchless name I pray. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- 2 Corinthians 9:10-15
- Galatians 5:22-23
- 1 Peter 4:4-5
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
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