Wasting Perfume is a devotional for young women pouring their lives out on Jesus.
It’s based on these Scriptures:
“And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil.” Luke 7:37-38
“Then six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom He had raised from the dead….Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.” John 12:1-3
What a curious act these two women displayed! Kneeling, pouring perfume, wiping Jesus’ feet with their hair and crying—Two women, incredibly different, both profoundly changed by Him. One was publicly known to be a sinner; the other was honorable and one of Jesus’ best friends. Their act of worship was uniquely feminine. I mean, can you picture a rugged Jewish man doing the same thing? The mental image is amusing but the chance of its occurrence is unlikely. These women really understood who Jesus was and that He was worthy of their reckless abandon. They honored Him with their most costly possessions.
Our hearts are truly and deeply complex, and they are made to love Him. They are perfectly designed for it. As we pursue His heart we begin to understand our own. As we pour out our life for His sake, we begin to find our way. Our lives are a lot like the perfume the women in the books of Luke and John poured out, a blend of various elements that produce the final aroma. Our time, talents, experiences, knowledge and love are the components that make up who we are; Christ is the bond that holds them all together. He asks us to pour our life out on Him like these two women did with their costly oils.
Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those are being saved and among those who are perishing. 2 Corinthians 2:14-15
Through us, a hopeless world is enveloped in the essence of God. As we pour ourselves out on Christ, the lost and broken are drawn to the sweetness of salvation. He is worth our all. Some people will not understand your sacrifice, like the people who watched Mary and the sinner woman did not understand. Some will call time spent with Him and gifts given to Him extravagant, wasteful. He deserves nothing less.
You’ll never know your life’s worth until you pour it all out on the King. So, this blog is about discovering what it means to give ourselves wholly to the One who made us.
If you have never accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior, you can know His love, forgiveness and freedom. Romans 10:9 says “…that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus Christ and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Tell God you believe Jesus is His son, that He was crucified on a cross for your sins and that He rose again. Confess Jesus Christ as Lord of your life, giving up your control to gain His freedom. Then follow His way. Tell someone. Be baptized in water and in His spirit. You will be His for eternity and nothing will ever be able to separate you from the love of Christ.