Nothing Is Wasted On Jesus

Nothing Is Wasted On Jesus

Preacher Huijun - 1 September 2018

Nothing Is Wasted On Jesus (Matthew 26: 6-13)

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Nothing Is Wasted On Jesus

Sometimes, we may feel that our time, money and efforts spent on Jesus are wasted. Perhaps it is because we see no immediate rewards, or we are simply giving to Jesus without realising His true worth. However, the truth is, nothing offered to Jesus will be wasted. The smallest gift offered in love can be used by Him and the most extravagant gift presented to Him is also not wasteful as He deserves the very best. We may tend to find it hard to devote extravagant worship to Jesus, but when we are touched by His deep love, our heart of offering will come naturally. Thus, we simply need to confirm His love for us in every minute detail of our lives, and be moved by His love, then we can easily offer our best and all to Him.

Verses to read: 

<Matthew 26: 6-13>

While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, 

a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.

When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. ‘Why this waste?’ they asked. 

‘This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.’

10 Aware of this, Jesus said to them, ‘Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 

11 The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. 

12 When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial.

13 Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.’


1. Extravagant worship.

1) Not that the woman is courageous or zealous, but God’s love touched her.

  • Not Mary who first loved Jesus, but she first saw how much she was loved by Jesus.

2) Have we known Jesus well enough?

  • “Knowing” is not just “knowledge”, but “relationship”.
  • True knowing brings transformation…
    – …of life, as well as perspectives and priorities.

3) Have we fallen in love with Jesus?

  • Falling in love = Discovery + Interaction
  • Know Him well, and find reasons to appreciate (thank) Him.
  • When in love, no need to force yourself to give.
  • Confirm His love: The finer details you confirm, the deeper you feel His love.

4) Love is not calculative.

  • We tend to consider “how much is it going to cost me?” 
  • We tend to give based on needs instead of reverence.
  • God does not need anything from us, but He is delighted to receive whatever we give out of love.

5) Be unwavered and rewarded.

  • What the woman did is remembered by God for ages.
  • Do not moderate our love for God even when we hear questioning voices.

2. Complaint of the disciples: Wasted on Jesus!?

  • Being too practical and human-minded.
  • Did not know God’s perfect will well enough.

Jesus’ death is the greatest and most important event in history!

Devotion to Jesus supersede all other things, even godly causes like helping the poor.


Reflection:

  1. Have you ever done/offered any extravagant thing on/to Jesus? If yes, what prompts you to do so? If no, why is it so hard to be like the woman?

  2. What had Jesus done in your life that left you with the greatest impression of His love and worth? How has this shaped your relationship with Him? In your daily living now, are you able to grow deeper in love with Jesus through discovery, interaction and confirmation?


Preacher Huijun Lin
huijun1910@yahoo.com.sg

Huijun serves as Secretary of The Blessed RUN Ministries. She is also the Preacher at The Life Church and Missions (Singapore). She graduated from Singapore Bible College and currently lives in Singapore with her husband, Chengji.

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