Jesus contrasts two people in Mark chapter 14. An unnamed woman and Judas.
Jesus’ feet is anointed with costly perfume by a woman. Some estimates state the value of that one bottle of perfume was around $20,000! It was an extravagant gesture, a waste in the eyes of many, yet Jesus commends her.
When Judas hears Jesus’ response Judas is furious and immediately leaves to betray Jesus. Why was Judas so angry that the perfume was wasted on Jesus?
4But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray him, said, 5“That perfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.”6Not that he cared for the poor—he was a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciples’ money, he often stole some for himself.
We know money had gripped Judas’ heart and emotions long before he turned Jesus over to the leaders of the Jewish people. His heart was already owned by finances and comfort and wealth. He did not possess money, money possessed him. In fact Judas sold the Savior of the world for 30 pieces of silver. For Judas, money was the seed of betrayal in his life.
If we are not careful, finances can quickly become a stranglehold in our own lives and pierce us through with many griefs!
Matthew paints a powerful choice for the life of a believer. Will money grip your heart or will you control your finances? You can choose to do good with what God has given you like the unnamed woman or you can choose to spend all of your wealth on yourself.
It’s a startling choice. Whose life will you follow? What will you choose – a beautiful broken bottle or 30 silver coins? Which will define your life?
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (I Timothy 6:10)
I’m sure the apostle Paul had Judas in mind when writing to his young son in the faith. These Scripture passages are just as relevant today as they were 2,000 years ago.
Your finances can be used for much good or become seeds of betrayal.
Don’t allow the pleasures of the world to lead you to 30 silver coins, rather, live life like a beautiful, broken bottle!
Don’t allow money to possess you, instead possess money and use it to further God’s kingdom here on earth!