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Expensive But Necessary

As a young woman 👩 , there were a lot of expectations of her. Through her basic to high school, she was the top of her class. Her parents wished and advised that she pursues a career in medicine or law. With her parents noticing her interest in trying to defend the poor and those who are facing injustice, they hoped and planned for her to read law at Oxford university. Upon finishing high school, she decided to become a soldier and defend her country. Her parents had other views of why she should choose other options that could her her defend her country; she could defend her country as a lawyer, as a doctor and in so many other ways. Although it was a risk that meant her sacrificing her life in the line of defence, she thought it was necessary for her to pick that career because that was her calling.

Then Mary took about a pint[a] of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

John 12:3 (NIV)

How many times have you heard the “don’t there sign” when you want to do things that are contrary to people’s expectation of you? Although Jesus delayed but never denied Martha and Mary their request, Jesus visits them again. This time a dinner was organised in His honor. At the banquet, Mary pours out an expensive perfume on the feet of Jesus and wipes His feet with her hair. The accountant, Judas Iscariot accessing the cost of the perfume as worth a year’s wages quickly brought his expert opinion. “We can sell this and give it to the poor”, he suggested. This is a brilliant idea. It makes sense to bless a lot of people with the perfume than “waste” it on a feet that will still walk in the sand.

There is one thing that seperates Judas Iscariot and Mary’s perception about the perfume. It was the necessity of the act that made the difference. Mary also knew the perfume was expensive, but she realised she had a part to play in Christ’s finished work by preparing His for the cross. It was a revelation that was so strong the expensiveness of the oil did not matter.

Beloved, people may suggest you drop your vision and purpose because they can only see how expensive it is. By reality checks and expert opinions, they may suggest you drop your vision and do something else. But there is a conviction that your purpose bring you that defies how expensive the sacrifice you have to make to achieve that vision is. Like Mary, pour out your perfume on the feet of Jesus, for that is what you were called to do. Offer your all unto God and see Him use for the greater things He called you for.


Thank you father for the gift of life. Thank you for your word I have received today. I pray that you will grant me the grace to keep my focus on the things you have called me to. May all I see be the sacrifice of Christ and His calling for my life. In Jesus name have we prayed with thanksgiving. Amen!!!

StandOut Ministry International


Published by Kwaku P. Adjei

A writer whose aim is to raise leaders by touching their spirits with the truth to transform their souls.

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