The Sweet Christian Bride

Paying with Ointment or with Copper?

by admin on April 16, 2013 in Budget, Faith with No Comments

How much money is too much to spend on your wedding?

Matthew 26:6-13: “Now while Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment, and she poured it on his head as he sat at the table.  But when the disciples saw it, they were angry and said, ‘Why this waste?  For this ointment could have been sold for a large sum, and the money given to the poor.’  But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, ‘Why do you trouble the woman?  She has performed a good service for me.  For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me.  By pouring out this ointment on my body she has prepared me for burial.  Truly I tell you, wherever this good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her.'”

Luke 21:1-4: “He looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins.  He said, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.’”

Here we see the lavish and the meager, both of which were pleasing to Jesus, even if other people didn’t understand why.  In truth, the ointment and the copper coins were both lavish offerings in the sense that they were of great worth to the giver; the ointment was perceived as lavish and the copper coins were not simply because of their monetary value.  Jesus, however, knew the cost to the giver, and He knew their attitudes of giving.

No one knows the depths of your heart better than Jesus, and it is His opinion of your spending, skimping, or saving that matters.  Others may balk at your wedding’s opulence or modesty, but if you are in the will of the Lord, then their opinions are something you must leave in the hands of the Lord.

Be very prayerful about checking your heart for pride and greed, but if you come away with a clean heart hearing God say an expensive wedding would please Him, then fully delight in the expenses you are making to please Him.  Lavish your guests with your finest!

And if He says that you need to be modest in your expenses, whether you have a lot of money or not, then you can be splendidly creative with what you have and trust that as God multiplied the two fish and five loaves and as He turned water into wine, so too can He multiply or transform the small budget that you are working with.

God is much bigger than your budget, so you can trust Him with it whether it is big or small.


This article was originally published on March 7, 2011.

By Lindsay

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