Priorities–even during the course of Jesus ministry, the disciples watched as Jesus constantly weighed the importance of priorities. As Jesus was being anointed by Mary, most of the disciples watched without making a judgment. Judas, however, was quick to minimize the importance of the event as compared to the value of the money spent.
Jesus is quick to help the disciples, not Judas, understand that walking with him was even more important than assisting those in need. As he said, “You will always have the poor among you.” Each day Jesus met more sick, more poor, more hungry–with no end in sight. Still, Jesus never lost his vision for what was important.
In today’s ministry world, we are faced with the same dilemma. Whether a professional minister or a lay person ministering as a volunteer, one has to constantly evaluate ministry from a strategic perspective as well as from a personal perspective. Jesus cared for the sick, the hungry, and the poor until his arrest. Jesus sought to save the world until his final ascension. We can never stop helping those in need, but, we must never stop drawing men into a personal relationship with our Lord.
If it is true, that we will always have the poor among us, then we must serve the poor and serve our Lord with equal vigor. Our ultimate goal, however, must be bringing glory to God.
God Bless You
Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected,
“Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.”
“Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial.
You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”