"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." Mark 14:4,5
While reading through the book of Mark, I came across moments in the life of the Lord Jesus where He displays His character in a most meaningful way.... righteously... looking at the heart and motive of every individual.
Do you ever find yourself acting just like the Pharisees, or the scribes for that matter... or even the publicans.
I think how often I read of the Lord's admonitions to those who thought themselves "righteous" ... and yet, find my life an exact replica. I'm full of indignation, judgement, and often lack compassion.
Do we hold our peace and not quickly judge someone's actions because, well, " they shouldn't have done it that way " or " they could have done something better with ___" .
I thought how often we jump to conclusions and have no idea behind the motive of a person's actions. We too, can be blind... as were the people who were full of indignation towards Mary's "waste" of such precious ointment.
You know, the Lord always shows us how we ought to live... we need only to learn His ways and follow in His footsteps.
"He that saith he abideth in Him
ought himself also so to walk,
even as He walked."
1 John 2:6
May the Lord help us to hold our peace.
"For even hereunto were ye called:
because Christ also suffered for us,
leaving us an example,
that ye should follow His steps."
1 Peter 2:21
Precious Father, how often we fail to walk as Jesus walked. Forgive us our iniquities that we commit against you and man. Keep us lowly and meek so that we may not be wise in our own eyes. May the working of our Lord Jesus Christ and His presence in our lives be evident in the way we speak and act today.
May you be filled with compassion and walk in the footsteps of our Lord Jesus Christ.