07 Mar The Biggest Joke Ever
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It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.
Jesus was relaxing at Simon the leper’s house, and while He was there, a woman arrived with a jar of nard, the most expensive perfume of that day. She poured it all over His feet and then dried them with her hair. At that point, the religious men in the room became enraged and said, “That was a year’s worth of wages she just wasted. It could have been sold and the money given to the poor.” Jesus shot back, “The poor will always be with you, but I won’t be. What she has done is to prepare my body for burial.” Judas, one of the twelve men present, was the treasurer of the disciples’ money bag and he had been dipping his hand in the bag and stealing. That makes this irate outburst by men who appear to care for poor people “The Biggest Joke Ever.”
Those men didn’t care about poor people. They cared about one thing. MONEY! That’s it! Through my many years of service, I’ve watched, listened to, and paid attention to many folks in and around the church. I have found that the ones always telling us how we could have spent the money better are the very ones enamored by money. They’re the ones who give the least. Yet they’re given some kind of a pass so they can continue pontificating on what a lousy job others are doing. It’s “The Biggest Joke Ever!” The money talkers have most often allowed money to rule them. I don’t want to live like that. Instead, I want to waste it all on Jesus if need be to ensure it is well spent. That which is poured onto Jesus is a memorial that keeps on giving. We’re still talking about the woman who gave a year’s wages, just like Jesus said we would.
I want to be used by You. I want to give You what I have so You can make me into who You want me to be. For me, this isn’t a joke in any way. Amen