She Did What She Could

  • March 28, 2013
  • #8064

Do you ever feel like what you do is just … not enough? Well, if you are doing it with a heart for Christ, take a closer look at the story of the woman with the alabaster jar (Mark 14). 

She Did What She Could

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada… and I'm getting ready for Easter.

I love this week leading up to Resurrection Sunday – a time when you really examine all the events, all the things leading up to Christ’s crucifixion and His amazing resurrection …‘Cause all those events are worth reflecting on. Because when it comes to the Christian life, the stakes are high: things like heaven, hell, and eternal reward. You and I get only one chance on earth to live a life pleasing to our Master. No starting over and no reincarnation. We have been given life and breath to prove our faith and to demonstrate what we believe now. It's why I sometimes wake up at night, and I wonder:

 “Oh God, am I doing this thing called ‘the Christian life’ right? Am I making the most of the moments you’re giving me? Am I obeying as I should?”

 Well, I found a calming, reassuring answer the other day in Mark chapter 14. It’s one of those events leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection, the story of the woman who poured expensive perfume on Jesus’ head … and little did she know that she was doing this act in preparation for His burial. The disciples were, at first, indignant at such a waste of good perfume (I mean, this wasn’t cheap toilet water; this was the real thing) and they considered it a waste, but let me pick it up at the sixth verse. Jesus says, “Leave her alone. Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me ... She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. I tell you the truth, wherever the Gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”  

When the woman poured that perfume on Jesus' head at the banquet, some thought she did a stupid thing. But Jesus rebuked them harshly and said, "Leave her alone ... she did what she could do ... and I think it's beautiful." Wow, I so identified with that woman. Often I feel like I have done stupid things in my service to the Lord, asking, “Oh Jesus, Am I doing this right? Is this pleasing to God? Does this really count? Am I doing it with the right motive, the right spirit?” But like the woman in Mark chapter 14, you know what, I did what I could. And that's all God asks. We can only do what we are able to do, but inspired by the Spirit, it's always a beautiful thing in Jesus' sight.

So, this week leading up to Easter, think about how high the stakes are in the Christian life. You and I get only one chance on earth to live a life pleasing to our Master. No starting over and no chance, once we’re in heaven, to come back and patch things up. So this week, sure, examine your motives and scrutinize your intentions when it comes to things you do for God, but just know that if you have an eye to God's glory and a heart that is right, God will smile and say, “she did what she could … And he did what he could.” And that is a beautiful thing in the sight of God. So as we celebrate Resurrection Sunday this weekend, consider the many ways you — like the woman at that banquet — ways you can express your devotion to your Savior. Because whatever it is, if you do it with a desire to please Him, then your service in the kingdom will be counted worthy.

By the way, the words "She did what she could” (Mark 14) is written on the tombstone of Fanny Crosby, the blind composer of thousands of hymns. And I just bet you’ll be singing some of her resurrection hymns this weekend. Final thought: Ask for the Spirit's help and do what you are able to do this week in service to Christ. Jesus will think it's beautiful. In fact, take a moment and pray with me now:

Oh precious Holy Spirit, empower me this day so that we can do what we’re able to do in service to our Master. In His matchless Name we pray, amen.

© Joni and Friends 

 

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