“Truly I tell you, wherever this good news , the Gospel, is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will be told also, in memory of her.” Matthew 26:13 Amplified
Our woman of the Bible for today is the woman with the alabaster jar. Jesus had just told His disciples that He is about to be crucified and He’s visiting Simon the leper, who was healed.
This anonymous woman appears and pours a fine perfume mixture over Jesus head as He is reclined at the table. It sounds so loving the way she did it and Jesus told His disciples that she was doing it to prepare His body for burial. The disciples only saw someone pouring out an expensive item as if it was nothing, complaining that the money could have been used to take care of the poor. Jesus told them that what she was doing was a praise-worthy thing. They would always have the poor among them, but they would not always have Him.
When you think about this in human terms that sounds a bit selfish. Like someone saying, I’m more important than the poor. Let’s unpack that a little more. Did He not care about the poor? Of course He did. Did He think He was more important? Of course He didn’t.
Maybe like the disciples we shouldn’t question motives. The disciples questioned the woman and Jesus told them what she was doing was good. Sometimes we do that, we think people should act the way WE think they should act. God always looks at the intent of the heart. The woman did what she did because she was led by God to do it. I think the same is true for Jesus, He knew where He would be going. We need to seek God’s guidance in what WE should do and the key word here is do. Help me Lord to be about doing what is pleasing to You, like the woman with the alabaster jar.