PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Mark 14:1-11
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want.” (Mark 14:7)
Jesus is not saying that poverty is necessary, or that we shouldn’t care about the poor.
Jesus is challenging the hearts of those who are grumbling about this ‘waste’.
I have sometimes heard people complain about how churches spend money on buildings.
They may be right, there may be churches that do put buildings over blessing others.
But Jesus sees the complainers and asks: are YOU doing anything for the poor?
Am I doing any better for the poor; am I using my own resources well or wastefully?
Jesus sees into this woman’s heart, he sees her deep love and devotion.
Maybe he also senses that her love and devotion extend to others as well.
This may be in contrast to those who were present, who were grumbling against her.
Their indignation and rebuke seem to indicate an ungracious spirit and a lack of love.
Judas, Simon, the religious leaders – who were they loving and serving by their actions?
Jesus looks into the heart, not into our bold statements about ‘the poor’.
Jesus knows whether we love God and others, or whether we’re just putting on a show.
We can bless the poor any time we want to… the question is DO WE WANT TO DO THIS?
Lord, if I WANT to bless the poor, there is nothing stopping me… except my not WANTING it that much. Decrease my WANT to criticize others, and increase my WANT TO bless others.