We have no idea what this sweet lady’s name was, but millions know her story.
They’ve read about her, heard sermons about her, been encouraged by her.
I wonder how many people have been led to give or serve because she decided nothing was too valuable to give to the Lord?
And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head. There were some who said to themselves indignantly, “Why was the ointment wasted like that? For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they scolded her. But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me. She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial. And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her” (Mark 14:3-9).
It was a bold act on her part, because women were traditionally excluded from dinners like this one. She overcame stares and whispers just to make it to Jesus.
It was also incredibly sacrificial—the ointment was worth about a year’s wages.
Had she thought about what she might do with the money she could’ve gotten for this oil?
The things she could’ve bought?
The fun, the clothes, the stuff for her house? For her kids?
When people fall in love, they don’t think about things like that.
The bewitched young man who’d sell everything he’s got to buy a ring for his girl.
The parents who mortgage their lives to buy medicine for their sick child.
Love blinds you to the value of everything except the object of your love.
And that’s why this woman’s story is known throughout the world—she’s an example of somebody who genuinely loves Jesus.
And he’s worth it, isn’t he?
Whatever we sacrifice, whatever we give, whatever we lose.
The short-term cost may be great, but a time will come when we’ll thank God for the opportunities he gave us to give.
We don’t know this woman’s name, but right now she’s sitting with Jesus adoring him with all her heart.
You think she regrets what she did for him?