Mark 14:3-9 … Why was this waste of the ointment made? … she hath wrought a good work … Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.
This is an amazing story and reminds me that it doesnâ€™t matter who I am or how much I have I can do a good work. This lady comes to Jesus. She pours her perfume on Him and anoints Him with oil. She is preparing Him for His burial.
I doubt she fully understands what she is doing. I think that maybe she was just trying to express her love the best way she knew how.
The others can’t believe how she has wasted something so precious to her and that had enough value that it could have been used to do good and help others.
They complain about the waste! But Jesus responds and says that she has done a good work. He makes the promise that where ever this gospel is to be preached what she has done will be mentioned.
That makes me think of my life. One is that so many think that if we pour out our lives in service to God they believe we are wasting ourselves, our talents, and our abilities. They could be of such good use in other places.
I believe however that God must say that when we lose our lives and give them in His service we are doing a good thing.
Another thought that I have is that God is served and honored by little things. This oil was something the lady had. I am sure that it was of great value to her but I doubt that it was all that much when compared to others in the service of the Lord.
I am sure she could have even felt embarrassed about how little she could do or was doing. She might have thought; well this is all that I can do and it isn’t much but it is what I can do.
God used it. Jesus said that she had done a good work. He promises that it will be mentioned everywhere the gospel is preached.
So the question comes, will you allow your comparison with others to hinder your work for the Lord? Will you allow the complaints that it is a waste stop you from doing all that God has for you?
I say, let’s do what we can!