. . . She has done what she could . . . . Mark 14:8
When we study scripture, there are many treasures to be found. Some are right on the surface-- easy to grab and understand. Some, you know you will have to dig a little deeper before you are able to take hold and understand them. Then, there are those treasures that are right on top, but you don’t even notice the. And, those are the treasures that sometimes hold the most value.
That’s what happened when I was reading Mark 14:6-9. The story is about when Mary broke her alabaster flask and poured out the oil over Jesus and then wiped His feet with her hair. Judas and the others criticized her for being wasteful. Jesus immediately came to her defense - just like He does for us.
If you read that passage in Mark, did you see it? Did you see the treasure that seems so ordinary? It’s in verse 8 “. . . She has done what she could . . . .” That seems so simple; nothing worth looking into. And yet, Jesus said in verse 9, “Whenever this gospel is preached . . . what she has done will be told.” Jesus thought this was a pretty big deal; maybe it’s not so simple and ordinary. Let’s go back and dig a little.
“She did what she could." Mary couldn’t keep the priests from falsely accusing Jesus, she couldn’t stop the crowds from mocking Him, she couldn’t change Judas’ mind about betraying Him, and she definitely couldn’t prevent the soldiers from crucifying Jesus. BUT, in an act of worship, she could pour oil over Him.
So, she did what she could.
That’s all God ever asks of us, to do what we can. Don’t focus on what you can’t do. Focus on what you can do, and then do it! Can you make a meal for a sick friend? Can you bake cookies for a neighbor? Can you call someone and encourage them? Can you send a card to someone who is discouraged? Do you feel the Holy Spirit nudging you to ________? Then simply be obedient and “do what you can." Jesus commended Mary on DOING what she could, not thinking about it, or wishing she could, but on actually doing it! If you keep reading in Mark, you realize the next night Jesus was arrested and it would have been too late.
When the Holy Spirit prompts us to do something, even if it doesn’t make sense, we should obey. We never know how God will use our obedience in His plans. Even a small gesture can have a huge impact.
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Do I let what other people think prevent me from showing my love for Jesus? What is one thing I can do today to be obedient when the Holy Spirit speaks to me?
Lord, help me to want Your approval more than man’s. Show me Your will and help me to obey immediately and not delay and miss out on blessing others.
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