"But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?" Matthew 26:8
A couple of days before Jesus' crucifixion He and His disciples were at the home of Simon the leper and a woman came in with an alabaster box and broke it open and poured its contents on Jesus. As I reread this story the other day, the words in the verse above seemed to leap off the page at me- "To what purpose was this waste?" My whole heart responded to the question- "It was not wasted! Nothing that is given to Jesus is ever wasted!"
We can be wasteful, and often are, but never when it comes to Jesus. Everything we give to Him is "invested" in the best place possible. It is not a waste to give Him our time, to use our talents for Him, to give Him our offerings, to give Him the best we have, to give Him our hearts and our lives. These disciples lost sight of WHO this woman was pouring the best she had on. She was pouring it upon the LORD.
Jesus said that she was anointing Him for His burial. She didn't know that. She didn't do it because she was hoping that by giving Him what she had He would give her back more in return- she had no ulterior motive. She didn't do it because she wanted to impress those in the room- to be seen of men. She didn't do it out of pride- to prove something to those who were watching. She did it because she recognized who He was and that He deserved the best she had.... and all she had.
We need to be more like this woman and less like the disciples. We need to remember Who it is that we are giving to and that it is never wasted when it's given to Him.
Have a great day. Whatever we give to the Lord is never wasted.