- “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor?” (John 12:5).
John subsequently reveals Judas’ questionable motives in asking this of Jesus, but the question isn’t unfamiliar to those who want to follow Christ. What do we do with what we have? Jesus asked the rich, young ruler to sell everything (much as Judas’ question suggests). Here, Mary spends it extravagantly in worship. Perhaps the issue centers on our efforts to please God with what we do. We can’t. If we sell our perfumes and give the proceeds to the poor or cash in everything we’ve built to benefit others, are we doing so to try and please God? Or are we worshipping Him? There’s a big difference. The former tries to prove ourselves worthy of His attention and love while the latter knows we cannot. Instead we can only pour everything we have at His feet.