Matthew 26:6-13 NIV
While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of 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.  Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
When was the last time you were extravagant? Maybe putting on a fabulous spread, or going on a once in a life time holiday, or throwing a party? What did you last spend lots of money on? There is nothing wrong with being generous or enjoying yourself once in a while – although Jesus does encourage us to give to others and deny ourselves, he was also known to turn water into wine (not the other way around), feed a multitude and attend dinner parties! This story challenged me this week, however, to ponder – when was the last time I was extravagant to God with my time, money, emotions or actions?
Jesus, with great generosity and extravagance you poured out your love on us, on me. Sorry that sometimes, my love is a mere dribble in return. Help me make my gratitude flow today.