In Matthew 26, we read that Jesus was a guest at Simon the leper’s home. As he was relaxing at the table, a woman brought an alabaster flask with an expensive perfume inside and proceeded to pour it over Jesus’ head. It is possible that this flask of perfume was this woman’s dowry, given to her by her parents. According to history, the bride would pour this oil over her groom’s feet on their wedding night.
The disciples flipped out because the perfume could have been sold to help the poor instead of being wasted by being poured out over Jesus’ head. Jesus’ response is that her actions are beautiful and have prepared Him for burial. Imagine that, the disciples were telling Jesus Christ that something was being wasted on Him!
Can you imagine how fragrant her perfume was? The air was full of obedience, a costly gift…after all, this was her dowry, and it was irreplaceable. Her worship came from the core of her existence. I’m sure she heard the whispers, the remarks of the men in the room. “Why is she doing that?”, “Who does she think she is?”, “Poor thing, Jesus is about to correct her and she doesn’t even know it yet.” Isn’t it great how we think we know what Jesus should and should not spend his time doing?
True worship requires some effort and focus on our part. Regardless of the comments around us, in spite of the negativity, even though it costs us something special, we must worship with our very existence. This woman had a special calling in her life. She anointed Jesus to prepare His body for burial. The burial had to happen before the resurrection. Her scent had a vital role in eternity, but there was no way she knew how important it was.
We didn’t know the end of her story until after we read it. We won’t know the eternal significance of our worship until we live a life of it.