There are two lovely accounts of humility, and love, and worship, even prophesy, one in Matthew, and one in John.
In both cases there was a woman who anointed Yeshua with very expensive ointment that could have been sold for a high price.
Jesus’ response to the criticism that this ointment could have been sold for the benefit of the poor was,
“The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have Me.” Matthew 26:11 CJB.
“You always have the poor among you, but you will not always have Me.” John 12:8 CJB.
I love the scripture because of the unashamed displayed love and care these two women had for Yeshua and because it gives an insight into a reality of life in this world and an insight in how to deal with it with clear conscious and peace of mind.
It’s true, the ointments could have been sold and the money used to help the poor. But Yeshua’s admonishment that the poor we will always have, says to me, at least, that the problem is permanent, if I give till I have no more it will not be solved and that it is not sinful to make boundaries for what I give because I am responsible and accountable in other areas and people of my life while at the same time He doesn’t free us from our obligation to be actively involved. The outcome is not what is important. It’s being involved that is.
There is no escape from the work. There is just a need for wisdom in the doing of it and the heart.
Wisdom is in the Word. Knowing your situation, what you have that is needed and what you have to spare, what you have that you are willing to share. And there should be a willingness.
The heart is a hard problem and unsolvable without love for and reliance on our Father. We are a new creation and we want to achieve the image and character of Yahweh, to be shed of the old man’s mind and flesh that is motivated by impatience, and selfishness, a grudging spirit, resentfulness and such things as stand in the way of having compassion and a caring, even a sacrificial spirit, towards others, a genuine willingness to “love thy neighbor”.
Investment of our temporary, worldly treasures, that God has given us, into His purposes, yields that pearl of great value, the hidden treasure in the field of eternity, His approval, our being pleasing to Him, dwelling in His house forever .
It is not possible for us to know who is “wheat” and who is “tare”. The time will come when the Master will divide and separate. In the meantime He has given us a pattern to live by.
“For He makes His sun shine on good and bad people alike, and He sends rain to the righteous and the unrighteous alike…Therefore, be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” Matthew 5:45,48 CJB.
To the extent we are able, honestly able, coupled with a heart of love that desires and takes joy in pleasing God, let us be willing, and grateful workers, preparing for those, being alert for those, in need that come our way, in the knowledge that it is good, and honorable and productive and worthy work we do in His name.
And let us be so together.
May Abba, Father be glorified.
As we do what He instructs and teaches, may we grow more like Him.
And as we do and grow may He entrust us with even more to do.
Thank You Father, for insight, for peace and for intimacy.
In Yeshua’s name we pray,
May God’s love be in us all.