Thursday, April 24, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Matthew 26:6-11(NASB)
6: Now when Jesus was in Bethany, at the home of Simon the leper, 7: a woman came to Him with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume, and she poured it on His head as He reclined at the table. 8: But the disciples were indignant when they saw this, and said, "Why this waste? 9: "For this perfume might have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor." 10: But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, "Why do you bother the woman? For she has done a good deed to Me. 11: "For you always have the poor with you; but you do not always have Me. 12: "For when she poured this perfume on My body, she did it to prepare Me for burial. 13: "Truly I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her."
Worship of God isn't a waste. We have the poor around us, and we're supposed to help them as well, but our primary purpose is to worship God and make more disciples for Him. Helping the poor is a commandment, and a important one (check out the tail end of chapter 25), but worship trumps service. Another example that comes to mind was Mary and Martha, where paying attention to God was more important than getting dinner ready. In this case, it was an extravegant sacrifice of worship that was being praised. Tame worship doesn't get noted here, but the all-out worship gets noticed two thousand years later.

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