“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, “Wow, what a ride!” -Unknown author
Divide the left over Christmas ham into freezer baggies for lunch meat – check. Freeze the ham bone separately for split pea soup later – check. Make potato pancakes with the extra mashed potatoes and divide for breakfasts next week – check. Send extra chicken corn chowder home with the kids – check. Make guacamole before the avocados turn brown – check. Slice up, juice and zest the lemons before they spoil – oops still haven’t got to that yet. It never ends – this unceasing effort to avoid wastefulness.
There is such fulfillment in using up everything God has given me to its fullest potential. My Bible tells me to be a good steward of our food, time, money, land and other resources and I am happiest when fulfilling this duty. The truth is however, that God did not send his one and only Son to die on the cross just so that I could be a happy steward, user, or consumer of stuff.
The most precious asset He ever gave me is the same one that He gave his life to save – that is my life. But this precious commodity came with clear instructions from Jesus – Don’t preserve you life, lose your life for Me (Matthew 16:2). Waste it all for Me (Phil 3:8). My life is the one resource that Jesus doesn’t want me to spend time preserving. Our lives were designed for the movement of His will alone, and all resources used up for that purpose my friends, are very well wasted.
I wish there were a quick and effective answer to why the things of this world steal away the attention from God that we wish to be His. It is helpful to know that even the men who walked and lived physically with Jesus on a daily basis for three years also struggled with maintaining a singular devotion to Christ.
“While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.” Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. I tell you the truth, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” – Matthew 26:6-13
From my research, the perfume that she used to anoint Jesus’ feet was worth a year’s wages for her. It is generally believed that this woman is Mary, Lazarus’ sister – the same one who, when He was a guest at her home, chose to sit at Jesus’ feet instead of helping her sister Martha clean up the kitchen. The perfume incident was the second time (that we know of) that Jesus honored and blessed Mary’s choice to waste herself for Him. In Martha’s eyes she was wasting time when there was work to be done. In the disciples’ eyes, she was wasting money. In Jesus’ eyes, she was losing her life for Him.
Jesus demonstrates the perfect worldview by seeing and responding to every single moment in light of eternity. If we were viewing our world through his lens, how would we judge “wasted” resources? These bodies of ours are so fragile, so susceptible to disease and decay. Frost bites our extremities, heat dehydrates our cells and either easily kills. Just the right loss of blood or oxygen knocks us out. Water, fire, each having vitality for life also carry deadly potential.
Jesus, the Word who was there in the beginning when man and woman were first created, is well versed in our weaknesses. His hope has never been misplaced in these skin-covered vessels that wither like grass and fade like flowers. He didn’t waste his life to save these temporary bodies, but rather chose to make His grace sufficient and His power perfect in our weaknesses (2 Cor 12:9) by giving His life for our souls. He died for the piece of us that lives for eternity, where His Spirit makes Himself at home, through which He can fill us with abundant love, so that we can spread Him to a world in need.
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. – 2Cr 4:16-18
Lord, don’t let my legacy even hint at a life wasted on anything beyond your plan for me. May I determine every morning to end every day well wasted and wholly within Your will.
“Where there is true love in the heart to Jesus Christ, nothing will be thought too good, no, nor good enough, to bestow upon Him.” Matthew Henry
From the beginning of the traditional Jewish Temple worship, priests underwent elaborate cleansing, perfuming and oil rituals in preparation for sacrifice, church work and entering God’s presence. Since Jesus was crucified and the veil enclosing the Holy of Holies was torn, believers now bask in the presence of God continually. From the moment we wake up in the morning, we are entering the world as Ambassadors of Christ and are privileged to do His work. I wonder, as you bathe, moisturize, perfume and dress each morning, who are you preparing to meet? In the Bible, preparatory perfumes and oils are often given significance when relationships between man and God and between men and women are discussed.
Esther 2:12 “Before a girl could take her turn with King Xerxes, she had to complete twelve months of beauty treatments that were ordered for the women. For six months she was treated with oil of myrrh.”
Ruth 3:3 “Therefore wash yourself and anoint yourself with oil, put on your best garment and go down to the threshing floor…”
Psalm 45:8 “All Your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia…”
Song of Songs 5:13 “His cheeks are like beds of spice yielding perfume, his lips are like lilies dripping with myrrh.”
Prepare yourselves each morning to meet face to face with God and the people He loves by using this wonderful and luxurious moisturizing oil. For more really amazing information on Beauty Secrets of the Bible see this book by Ginger Garrett:
OLIVE OIL MOISTURIZER
Place 2-3 drops of extra-virgin, organic olive oil onto your palm. Rub palms together and pat your face gently. Moisturize your face with oil before you get out of the shower so that precious moisture isn’t lost from your skin when you step into a dry bathroom. Also while still wet, massage olive oil all over your body.
You can also add any combinations of oils of grapeseed, vitamin E, jojoba, avocado, almond, rose, myrhh or your favorite essential oil. Most of these are available at your local whole foods or health store, on Ebay or at mountainroseherbs.com.
Brad Paisley’s – Time Well Wasted
In what ways have you “wasted” your life only to realize that you found the most fulfillment? How can we strive to lose our lives for Jesus? Leave us a comment below! We’d love to hear from you.