Have you ever done something that just made no sense in this world but you knew it was right? How about contemplating doing something… and every time you thought about it… it just didn’t make sense worldly. But as you pray about it, you are more and more convinced it is the right thing to do…
There was a woman in this situation over 2000 years ago. You can read about her in Matthew 26:6-13. Here was a woman that by some accounts was most likely a prostitute. She had a chance to be at one of the last somewhat public meals with Jesus. She took some very expensive oil and “anointed” Him with it. From the perspectives of everyone else present, even the disciples… what she did was wrong. She was one of the lowest of sinners and she was also wasting a very valuable resource. They even went as far as to say it could have been sold and the proceeds given to the poor.
But Jesus came to her rescue. He pointed out that her priorities were right. “For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. In pouring this ointment on my body, she has done it to prepare me for burial. Truly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.”” What’s amazing about His response is a couple things. First, He doesn’t actually put down their idea. Good for them for thinking of the poor I but now was the time to focus on the final days with Jesus. Second He praises her for her actions, and the meaning behind them. She is preparing Him for burial. Although He had told of His coming death several times, they still had not grasped the real importance of this time. Finally, He even states that her story should be included as these stories are told. Her actions would forever be part of the Gospel story.
She certainly isn’t the only example of this…
- Abraham was told to sacrifice his only son.
- Noah was told to build an ark.
- Moses was told to demand his people were freed.
- Joshua was told to take the promise land.
The world doesn’t always see things the way Jesus does. As a matter of fact, you can see from this passage that even other Christians don’t always see it His way. It was His own disciples that had issue with what she was doing.
Now, don’t get me wrong. Seeking confirmation from other Christian leaders and mentors is always a wise thing. And simply attempting to play the “christian trump card” is not the answer either. But their are legitimate times when you will be called to do something that just doesn’t make sense. When you are, spend some intense time in prayer. Seek “multiple” counselors. God may just be calling you to do something amazing for Him.