Matthew 26:6-10 (KJV)
6 Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,
7 There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.
8 But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?
9 For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.
10 When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.
In marketing it’s important to make an impact with people. The goal is to create a picture, commercial, song, tune, or motto that people will think of that company when they hear or see it. Common examples of these would be Nike “Just do it,” Kit-Kat, “Give me a break,” and there are countless others. My question to you is this, what impact’s God? What causes Him to stop and take notice? I believe there are two things that cause him to stop, faith and worship. I believe this passage demonstrates what about worship makes him pay attention.
1. Her worship had a cost
A. She gave up something very expensive and precious to her. She didn’t plan on getting any return on her investment. It was sacrificial. When we give to God sacrificially, He takes notice.
B. She accepted ridicule. Those who should have understood the need to worship Jesus were the ones complaining. They had seen Jesus do many more miracles than she did, yet they were callous. She was willing to take the criticism in order to worship her Savior.
2. Her worship had a continuance
A. The alabaster box contained a strong perfume. It must have filled the room with the aroma. They could all smell the aroma that came from Jesus.
B. The aroma from that perfume doubtfully left Jesus in the few hours before his crucifixion. That would mean that when Jesus was before Caiaphas and Pilate, he had a beautiful aroma about Him. The Lilly of the Valley was right before them and they didn’t understand it. This aroma must have been present when they beat Him, nailed Him to the cross, and crucified Him. While He was on the cross the aroma of that perfume may have been the only comfort He had.
The impact of worship is powerful. Yet it is often the most neglected part of our Christian walk. Can we set aside some time today and worship? I can guarantee God will take notice.