Waste Not–Want Not

24 Jun

God’s Word: Matthew 28:1-16

God’s Message to me: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)

You have been told to waste not—want not. waste not Everyone’s idea of wastefulness is different.  In this passage Jesus was approaching the time of His crucifixion.  A woman came up to him and anointed him with a bottle of very expensive perfume.  Jesus’ disciples were furious with her for that waste, saying it should have been sold and the money given to the poor.  Jesus replied that she had done something wonderfully significant for Him, preparing his body for burial.

Jesus reminded them that there will always be the poor to help.  Take a lesson from this.  When you see a need–step up and meet that need.  How do you know but what I have directed that person right to you for the help?  As the woman in this story saw a need and gave her all to meet it—you too will be called upon many times to meet the needs of others.  In so doing you will be doing it for Jesus.  So the very poor you can now reach out to help are the same as doing it for Jesus.

How many opportunities have you missed by refusing to help others?   Many times people refuse to help others for fear of not having enough for themselves.  But those who freely give have discovered a great joy in giving that would have been lost had they spent on their own needs.  As you bless others—I bless you.  As you withhold from others—I may have to withhold from you.  You cannot out-give Me.  Giving to others is NOT a waste.  If you wait to satisfy your own wants you will never get around to helping others.

God’s Question: Are you willing to give up your wants in order to serve Me by giving to another.

God’s Promise: The joy of service knows no bounds.

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My Prayer to God

I praise You for these eye-opening teachings

I am sorry I consider my own wants before others.

Thank You for this woman’s giving example.

Help me live open-handed for others.


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