Apostle Grace Lubega
Mark 14: 3-7 (KJV); And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head. And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made? For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her. And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me. For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always.
Many Christians have often been ridiculed for giving so much to the Church of Christ and ‘fattening’ the purses of ‘pretentious, manipulative smart mouths masquerading as preachers of the gospel’ yet there are so many poor homeless people in the world who need that money more than those ‘men of God.’
I have heard arguments that go like, ‘I would rather give my money to a beggar than take it as tithe to a church.’
But this does not only apply to money but extends to things like time too. I have seen Christians who have been condemned for spending so much time in prayer, yet that time can be used for family and children.
The sentiments of these people are not very far from the murmurers in our theme scripture who simmered in righteous indignation, deeply offended by the wastefulness of the woman who anointed Jesus’ feet as though by her single act, she had publicly mocked the global fraternity of poor folk.
You must understand this one infallible truth: for everything you give to God, there will always be someone who needs it more. This is not restricted to only money but also extends to time too.
Simply because someone feels that another individual or group of individuals are more deserving of your time and money does not give us a licence to disregard the clear instructions in the scriptures. God is a priority and by making Him so, He gives us the grace to minister to the needy around us and to our own families.
FURTHER STUDY: Matthew 22:37, 1 John 5:2-5
GOLDEN NUGGET: You must understand this one infallible truth: for everything you give to God, there will always be someone who needs it more. God is a priority and by making Him so, He gives us the grace to minister to the needy around us and to our own families.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this wisdom. You are my priority in everything that I do. I live my life in accordance with Your statutes regardless of the demands of society. Even as I put You first, You release the blessing in my life that enables me to reach multitudes, in Jesus’ name, Amen.