This Will Be Told Everywhere…

Posted by Emma on April 5, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Filed under:Christianity,Holidays

“And while He was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as He was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask ad poured it over his head. There were some who said to themselves indignantly, ‘Why was the ointment wasted like that? For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.’ And they scolded her. But Jesus said, ‘Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me. She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial. And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.” Mark 14:3-9

This story took place two days before Jesus’ death. This weekend we remember His death and resurrection. When I read this story yesterday, the words “wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her” stood out to me. Jesus is saying that this action was worthy of being told everywhere that He is preached, everywhere someone tells the gospel. Something significant must have happened at this event. All too often, I read this account and pass it by saying, “That’s nice,” or “Those disciples, can’t they ever learn” or something along those lines. But yesterday, I stopped. I thought what can this story teach us? If it is important enough to be shared everywhere the gospel is preached, we should be able to learn something from it. So I thought about it and examined it and these are the thoughts I had.

The woman was praised by Christ for doing a good deed for Him (ESV says beautiful thing) that was applying oil to his body for His burial. Obviously, doing a good deed for Him was of value. We should also do good deeds for Christ. We cannot do them to His physical body but we can to His spiritual body, the body of believers. (See 2 Cor 12:27) We can do them by taking time to be with Him, doing His work here on earth. There are many ways to do a good deed for Christ when you look for them.

The woman gave something of great value. One denarii was a day’s wage. She poured three hundred day’s worth of wages on Christ. Our deeds should involve some sacrifice, and not just a little. We should give what we can to Christ and beyond what we can. Sacrifice your dearest treasure, your most costly possession, or what you worked for years to acquire. Your sacrifice could be the best years of your life given in service to the Master, time out of your busy schedule to spend with Him or giving up an activity to help someone in the body. It is more worthwhile to give to Jesus than hoard for yourself. And if you really love Him it will be a small sacrifice. Love is what compelled this woman to pour her oil on Jesus. Love should be what compels us to do a good deed for Christ and give things of great value.

The woman did something even though it was ridiculed and likely she knew it would not be looked on with favor. We should be willing to give to Christ, do a good deed for HIm, serve Him no matter what others think or what they will say. People will often ridicule a person for living a life of truly devoted to Christ, a life compelled by love. It is easy to ridicule when someone is different, and giving sacrificially is different. People may ridicule you for giving to much to the Master’s work, for wasting the best years of your life in service to Him, helping someone in the body instead of doing a fun activity, or giving your dearest treasure to Jesus. Ridicule from people is alright when you have praise coming for the Messiah. He will smile at you when you give willing to Him out of love.

As we are in this season of remembering Christ’s death and resurrections, pour out of your time for Christ’s service; give money or other material things to His servants; expend energy to serve Him; make time to study His word and fellowship with Him. Do a good deed for the Master and let your love be so strong that nothing is to much to give Him.

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