While He was in Bethany at the home of Simon the leper, and reclining at the table, there came a woman with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume of pure nard; and she broke the vial and poured it over His head.
This perfume was not cheap, this was an extremely expensive bottle which could have been sold for a massive amount of cash. Some of the disciples of Jesus saw this as a waste because the money from the perfume could have gone to help the poor. However, the sacrifice was received by Jesus. Jesus welcomed the woman’s worship of Him in that moment and even commended her in front of those looking on.
Genuine worship of Jesus is never a waste. In fact, when we hold back and don’t give to Jesus true worship, the Lord is not impressed.
“I hate, I reject your festivals, nor do I delight in your solemn assemblies. Even though you offer up to Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings, I will not accept them; And I will not even look at the peace offerings of your fatlings. Take away from Me the noise of your songs, I will not even listen to the sound of your harps.” (Amos 5:21–23)
Could you imagine the Lord looking at your worship and saying something like this? That is quite sobering. Probably one of the most recognized worshipers of the Scripture is King David. He would strip down into nothing but his linen ephod and dance before the Lord. He did that even with his wife mocking him. On one occasion, David said he would not offer something to the Lord that didn’t cost him something. That is a picture of true worship. True worship always costs you something. Think about your worship…are you giving your best?
Dan Ousley - Worship Leader - StoneBridge Baptist Church