God’s Hope for Your Heart from Mark 14

WHEN YOU DO WHAT YOU CAN, JESUS IS BLESSED

“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 14:8-9)

This woman caused a stir by how she responded to Jesus.

She was surrounded by people who were saying nice things to Jesus, giving polite pleasantries to Him, and listening to Him speak.  But this woman, she showed her devotion in a different way.

Maybe she wasn’t much good at conversation, but she did what she could.  Maybe she wasn’t well suited for study or teaching, but she did what she could.  Maybe she wasn’t able or willing to go out and serve the poor (a fact which her critics were all-too-happy to trumpet), but she did what she could.

And Jesus was blessed.

In this hyper-connected, social media-driven, constant-comparison world, don’t let yourself get drawn in to the trap of comparing your service to others.  Jesus has called and empowered you uniquely, and He’s not looking for you to be like everyone else.  He doesn’t want you to serve exactly like everyone else, either.

He wants you to be faithful to who He made you to be.

As you seek to live your life to honor Jesus (which you should), may you resist the pressure to try and copy the successes and sacrifices of others.  Instead of trying to measure up to other people’s expectations, may you respond to His worthiness in ways that are as unique as you are.  As you do, you’ll discover hope through this truth: when you do what you can, Jesus is blessed.

-Pastor Phillip


AUDIO VERSION (Click here to subscribe to the daily podcast on iTunes.)