6 Now when Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, 7a 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. 8And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste? 9For this could have been sold for a large sum and given to the poor.” 10But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to me. 11For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. 12In pouring this ointment on my body, she has done it to prepare me for burial. 13Truly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.” Matthew 26:6-13
Every pragmatic, highly committed, value driven disciple needs to keep this woman in mind.
Jesus knows us!
Sometimes extravagance is exactly what the moment requires.
We can’t always predict these moments, especially if we are not in the know. Especially if we have an operation to run.
But she had a plan. And she followed through.
She knew what love and devotion for Jesus was motivating her to do for Him.
A beautiful thing.
That’s what the pragmatic disciple is likely to miss.
Lord help me!