On one occasion, hours before His atoining sacrifice was to be made, Christ had an interesting moment, which I realized today as a teaching opportunity.
In Matthew chapter 26, it says, “There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.” At this moment, the Apostles and disciples, reacted as one of us probably would. Isn’t it interesting, for those who enjoy the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost, who are faithful to the Lord, who enjoy temple blessings, we would react just as these disciples would. They asked,”To what purpose is this waste?” They were so worried why this precious ointment was being wasted. They could’ve used that money for other things, such as food, shelter, etc.
Christ responds to their immature reaction, saying “Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.” The Savior is basically asking His devoted, why do you care? This woman just did a deedful act, and acted like a saint should, and you’re questioning her decision to do so?
Then, the point that stuck out to me so strongly, “For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.” To me, that’s an incredible rebuke. We have to remember, that these disciples had lives before their lifelong mission for the Savior. They had occupations that blessed them with financial success, and now, their Teacher is telling them, you’re always around Me, but you’re not always with me.
This is something I learned on my mission. As a missionary, you are to be completely devoted to the work of the Lord, and to be focused solely on your mission. Throughout the day, you’re constantly doing good works, helping people, doing service, teaching your investigators/less actives. However, and I am completely guilty of this, we are guilty of doing these works, but just going through the motions at times.
When we fall into this sin, if I may call it that, being disciples is looked at at maybe just as a job. We become so concentrated on the work, we forget why we’re doing this work, why we give up our time and talents to this incredible message. When we do that, the Spirit will not be with us constantly.
Being a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, is the greatest blessing of all. We do not completely comprehend, how lucky we are to have this message, how incredibly blessed we are to be able to share our testimonies of this gospel every single day. What the Lord asks of us, is when we are doing His work, let us be focused on the kingdom. As John Taylor once said, “The kingdom of God, or nothing .” May we all, as we draw near to a new year, be completely on the Lord’s errand, and be focused on what is best for His kingdom, as He refines us.