Mark 14:6-9: ‘She did what she could.’
“6 ‘Leave her alone,’ said Jesus. ‘Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 7 The poor you will always have with you,[a] and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. 8 She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial.9 Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.’ ” NIV UK
The Lord doesn’t look at what we can’t do but what we can. I heard this morning about a church in Los Angeles, where they recently held a baptismal service. I think around 9 people were scheduled to be baptised. But after the gospel was preached, more than a hundred were spontaneously baptised, because they indicated they wanted to place their faith in Jesus that very day. I confess that alongside the sense of gladness for such kingdom advance, I was also tempted to feel inferior. I have pastored a village church for 27 years, and we don’t get that number to a single service!
But the question I need to face is, ‘Am I doing what I can?’ That’s the issue. I may not have the gifts, or the context that would make such results more likely. God is in charge, after all, of who gets what in terms of spiritual gifts. But am I using to the full whatever has been entrusted to me?
Mary ‘’did what she could.’’ She may not have fully understood the significance of what she was doing (8), but Jesus did. What He prophesied about her has come true (9). This is why she is in our thoughts today.
PRAYER: Lord, when I hear about other Christians having big success in your work, I don’t always feel about it as I should. Please forgive me for wrong attitudes. Help me please to faithfully go about the business you have given me, doing what I can.