A woman received Jesus’ special attention for pouring an expensive oil on him. Everyone around grumbled that the woman should have sold the oil and donate its money to charity; however, Jesus corrected the critics and stated the woman was performing an action that was symbolic for his crucifixion. The scripture reported; “And when Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, a woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table. But when His disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste? For this fragrant oil might have been sold for much and given to the poor.” But when Jesus was aware of it, He said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a good work for Me. For you have the poor with you always, but Me you do not have always. For in pouring this fragrant oil on My body, she did it for My burial. Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her” (Matthew 26:6-13).
Children of God must serve him with their tangible offerings. We ought to make it a practice to present God any offering that will mean something to him. God is not a beggar; he does not depend on us to run his businesses. Christians must not behave like unbelievers that hoard their resources and refuse to serve God. An unbeliever will prefer to seek for gains; count his money, and pocket it – Without presenting a gift to God that blessed him! Christians are children of God, and we should know better! We must understand that the Creator will reciprocate any gift that we present to him with multiple blessings. The more gifts will present to God, the more blessings we will receive from him.
However, Christians must understand that any offering that we offer to God must have pure motive and come from a pure heart. Our gifts presented to God must be void of any selfish or bias mind. We cannot deceive God with our gifts and services. He knows the secret of our hearts; he can determine whether our gifts and services presented to him are pure or not. God will reward every honest service that we present to him. He will bless us in this life, and in heaven also.
Dear God, please give me ability to serve you with a pure heart. Help me to bring tangible offerings to you, and let the offerings be pure to incur you blessings. Please let my services bring glory and honor to your name always. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.