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Expensive Perfume

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God doesn’t look at the amount of what you’ve done compared to anyone else, He looks at what you’ve done compared to what you could have done.

Mark 14:3-9   While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head. Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly. “Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

Sometimes I’ll go into my teenage son’s bathroom after he has doused himself with cologne, and I use this quote from the Bible, “Why this waste of perfume?” But Jesus’ focus wasn’t on the perfume itself, it was on the woman and the sacrifice she made.  Jesus said, “She did what she could.”

I think that’s where we need to be today; we need to do what we can. Some are equipped to do a lot, others can only do a little. But God doesn’t look at the amount of what you’ve done compared to anyone else, He looks at what you’ve done compared to what you could have done.

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