SIN: This story shows that sometimes we worship and love money more than we worship and love God.
PROMISE: Our sacrifices of worship to Jesus is never wasted, it please Him.
ATTITUDE: The woman was willing to bring her best and something that came at great sacrifice to her. We too must worship God by giving our best. True worship (and I am not talking about just singing) to God is costly because it requires obedience in areas that sometimes require great sacrifice.
COMMAND: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your might and with all your strength.
EXAMPLE: The example of the woman’s worship is one we should emulate.
PRAYER: Father, sometimes I find that I hold back in what I bring to you as my worship. I want to worship you without it being sacrificial. Forgive me for holding back and sometimes even giving reasons why I hold back that sound so holy.
ERROR TO AVOID: The people who witnessed the act of worship criticized the woman saying that she should have given the money to the poor, when in reality most of them would have never sold the perfume and given it to the poor. In the case of Judas, he probably wanted the money for his own benefit. It is easy to criticize someone who is worshipping God by saying what we would do but in the end the woman was the one who did something while everyone else stood around.
SOMETHING PRAISEWORTHY: The woman’s generosity and sacrifice pleased Jesus. We too should look for ways to offer our sacrifices of worship. As we know from Jesus, the amount is not what impresses Him, it is the level of sacrifice and faith that is meaningful to Him.