But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, ‘Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?’ John 12:1-8
What might Judas have said had he been there when Abraham was ready to sacrifice his own son? This passage in John will throw you for a loop if you are not careful. Living is not always about the money and what we can and can not do with it. What is most important in our faith journey is where our heart lies. Money represents the physical world and although it carries with it external power and reward, it is useless in strengthening the spirit that desires to seek after God and be reconciled with him. There is a distinct difference in giving because we think that we will get something out of it as opposed to giving for the purpose of glorifying God. By all accounts, Judas was a desperate individual. We must take our cue from Mary and know that there is nothing more valuable than our relationship with Christ and learn to be willing to let go of our perceived needs and allow God to provide.
Matthew 6:25-26 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
Genesis 22:13-14 ‘Abraham, Abraham!’…‘Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him;… And Abraham looked up and saw a ram, caught in a thicket by its horns. Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt-offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place ‘The Lord will provide’; as it is said to this day, ‘On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.’