Now when Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came up to him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head as he reclined at table. And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste? For this could have been sold for a large sum and given to the poor.” Matthew 26:6-9
I’ll tell you a terrible secret. Sometimes, I feel like I’m wasting my life.
I don’t have an impressive resume, full of accolades and awards. I’m not “important” by the world’s standards. I freelance occasionally, but what I contribute to our family coffers is small.
Last year, I stepped back from my writing career to homeschool my kids. I volunteer at church and in my community. I clean my house and buy the groceries. I write this blog.
Sometimes, I feel like I’m tending a tree that bears invisible fruit. I can’t point to a salary or a promotion or an achievement to validate my worth. I have nothing tangible to show for my efforts.
Despite this, I know I’m right where God wants me. I trust there’s a purpose to this season of my life.
The woman in this passage brought what she treasured most and poured it over Jesus’ head and feet in an act of extravagant love and worship that seemed like a waste to some.
While the disciples scolded her, Jesus defended her, saying, “…she has done a beautiful thing to me.” (26:10). Later, Jesus tells the disciples she would be remembered, “wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world.” (26:13).
The most precious thing I have is the time I’ve been given on this earth. To pour it out at Jesus’ feet, to let Him do what He wants with it, is not a waste, despite what the world may think.
Of one thing you can be sure: in God’s hands, your treasure will never go to waste.