Mark 14:3-9 NKJV

And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as He sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on His head. 4 But there were some who were indignant among themselves, and said, “Why was this fragrant oil wasted? 5 For it might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they criticized her sharply.

But Jesus said, “Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me. For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but Me you do not have always. She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint My body for burial. Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.”

A woman ministered to Jesus with expensive oil. Foolish disciples complained that it was a waste. Jesus said the woman had done a good work for Him and would be remembered always for what she did.

Spiritual parallel: Jesus provided us with the oil of the Holy Spirit and the anointing. It was very costly. He had to suffer tremendously and give up His life for our redemption, and for us to enjoy the ministry of the Holy Spirit. How will we see what He has done? Will it be a waste for us, or will we treasure it and show our gratitude? How can we show our gratitude to someone who gave us an expensive gift? First, we receive it with gratitude. Then we use it and maintain it properly. We treasure what we have received and do our best to make sure the gift was not given in vain.

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