Chaplain’s Column: Facing Accusations
Scripture: Matthew 26:7-13
From time to time Christians face undeserved criticism. Sometimes it comes when we offer our very best to the Lord. These good intentions are misunderstood or even made fun of by those who should even know better.
In the above passage of Matthew, a woman takes a bottle of precious perfume and pours it on Jesus’ head as He reclined at the table. The woman was scolded for her actions. Her efforts were viewed as extravagant, unreasonable, and irresponsible. Jesus, however, thought of the event in another way. It was amazing how the Lord looked at this event. He knew her intentions and viewed this as a loving sacrifice. In His mind, it deserved to be memorialized—He said, "What she has done will also be told, in memory of her." (Matt. 26:13 NIV).
Sometimes we wonder just how much God is noticing our efforts to please Him. At times some of our greatest sacrifices seem to bring nothing but misunderstanding or even criticism from our family members and friends. We sometimes hear people talk about our effort and sometimes those voices come even from our own heart.
Jesus Christ knows the depths of our soul, sees and understands the torment we face. He hears the condemning voices of our accusers. When our sacrifices for the heavenly Father make little sense to the world around us, it is His voice that will prevail on our behalf. Please remember those on our prayer list.