This is one of my favorite stories a the end of Matthew. Jesus is teaching in Bethany, probably reclining at a meal, when all of the sudden a woman bursts in. She breaks an alabaster jar of perfume near His feet. Well..just read it for yourself.
While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, a
woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume,
which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.
When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. "Why this waste?" they asked. "This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor."
Aware of this, Jesus said to them, "Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. I
tell you the truth, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the
world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her." (Matthew 26:6-13)
The interesting part of this story is the woman's perfume was expensive!! Some scholars have speculated it may have been worth almost a year's pay. Can you believe that? This woman understood the importance of who she was sitting with, and she was willing to give all she had.
It's a common theme in Jesus' ministry. The rich young ruler was required to give up all his possessions to follow Jesus. The widow that gave her two mites, gave all she had. Some of the disciples gave up their livelihoods to follow Him.
It's almost like a continued requirement.
If you are going to follow Jesus, you have to sacrifice the things of this world. You have to look at the world and understand at the core of your worldview, it's going to cost. It's going to cost you pride. It's going to cost your significance. It's going to cost something of you.
The days of pastors saying, "it's a free gift" are over. Sure, salvation is free, and Jesus came to set you free from sin, death, and the ills of the world. But it's imperative that we understand, there will be a cost.
We need to tell people, and be honest, Following Jesus will cost you. So before you buy into this life, a life more abundant I might add, you need to count the cost. Are you willing to follow Him and freely give up some things that impair your understanding of His Way?
I'm convinced, no matter the cost, it's worth it.
To make Jesus name great.
To follow Jesus with all i have.
To implement His teachings to watch the world become a better place.
To see the ultimate greatness come to fruition.
I've counted the cost, and I can't wait to give all I have for beauty of Jesus to come.
May you recognize those things that might cost you, and give.
May we see the value of Jesus in the world.
May we set aside all things that might hinder our following.
May God bless you today!