Scripture Reading: Mark 14:3-9
...Why was this waste of the ointment made? Mark 14:4
A woman took a very costly vase of precious ointment and poured it upon the head of Jesus. Some of those present took offense at the apparent waste, but Jesus points out that what we do for Him is never wasted. It is thought that this woman had been saved from a life of awful sin, and this ointment was designed to perfume herself in order to allure and to entrap her unfortunate victims. But now she was saved and takes that which she had prepared for herself and used it on Jesus instead. Here is a lesson. How lavishly we spend our time and money for the things of self before conversion, and how stingy we are with our time and money now for the cause of Christ.
A man complained to Sam Jones because the church had assessed him $20.00 a year. Jones asked him, "How long have you been saved?" He replied, "Four years." "You were a drunkard and God saved you; and how much did you spend on drink before you were saved?" The man replied, "About $250.00 a year." "You are a rascal," replied Jones, "from the crown of your head to the sole of your foot. Stop and figure your own ratio, brother! Think of the price you had to pay for your life of sin — now isn't salvation worth as much?"
"Well," said the saloon keeper to an old customer, "I see you've been to the revival meeting and given the evangelist your last nickel. Now you'll have to walk home." "Yes," said the new convert happily, "and many a time I've given you my last nickel and couldn't walk home!" Billy Bray was digging potatoes and the devil came along and upbraided him on the small potatoes. Said the devil, "You say the Lord loves you but look at the small potatoes He gives you." "Listen, devil," said Billy, "when I was serving you I didn't have any potatoes at all!" How much do we appreciate our salvation? "All to Him we owe." (M.R.D.)
We give Thee but Thine own,
Whate'er the gift may be;
All that we have is Thine alone,
A trust, O Lord, from Thee.
"When the heart is converted the purse will be inverted!"