The Alabaster Woman

I think that I would have typically glanced over this passage without much thought, but today Jesus’s words hit me at the very end.

Mark 14:9 “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.”

I thought to myself, “What about this woman’s action is worthy of being told to the entire world?” And the answer that popped into my head was, her faithfulness. She had to have just felt right inside about pouring out a year’s worth of earnings on top of Jesus’s head. Where did she get this idea? God only knows. But what’s important is that she followed through. Whether it was the Holy Spirit (which I’m not even sure was living in them at the time), or just plain God-given intuition, what matters is that she followed through.

One time when I was about 20 years old I felt the Holy Spirit wanting me to drive past the turn into my house and to continue driving straight. I didn’t know what to do after that, but I obeyed. I just kept driving straight until I stopped in a neighborhood. I prayed the whole time and my heart was racing with what was going to happen. I remember staring at these people walking their dog and wondering if God wanted me to go talk to them. I can’t quite remember if I didn’t feel right about it, or if I was too scared to do it. But I didn’t go talk to them.

God only knows why He told me to keep going straight that day. Maybe there was a robber in front of our house that just needed some time to leave, or if He really did want me to pray for those people and I didn’t follow through. Whatever the case, the point that I wanted to sink deep into my heart this morning was that no matter what God is calling us to do, we should faithfully complete it.

Jesus wants the whole world to hear about the woman with the alabaster jar of perfume, but why? It might just be her faithfulness. The fact that she was willing to complete something that God wanted her to do; despite all of the flack from the other disciples saying that it was a huge waste of time. I mean, I can’t blame them though. If I saw someone pouring $40,000 onto someone’s head, I’d be a little concerned at what kind of motive was behind the whole thing.

God,

Give me the confidence to follow through with the callings, no matter how small, that you have placed on my life. Give me the faithfulness of the alabaster woman. Give me the ears to hear what your Holy Spirit is telling me. Let the control that your Holy Spirit has on my life overcome the push back that I may experience while fulfilling your will. In Jesus’ name I pray.

Amen!

Mark 13:33

“Be on guard, be alert! You do not know when that time will come. It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.”

What is your assigned task? That’s what I got from reading in Mark 13 this morning. Jesus left this earth and gave it over to mankind until His return. Even He doesn’t know what day or time He will be back, only God knows (Mark 13: 32). So He is trusting that we will fulfill our God-given tasks while He is away, if we don’t, then I guess we are going to have to explain ourselves while standing in front of the pearly gates.

I don’t know how to explain my own God-given task. I know that it has something to do with creating content and my love of people. I know that I have to dig deeper into His word in order to better understand it.

God’s will for your life is kind of like an assignment that you get from a professor in college. They give you instructions to take home in order to complete the assignment. And if you’re anything like me you will start the assignment at the last possible second and you will go off of what you’ve heard in class and from fellow classmates before you ever start to look at the instructions. Then, when you’re completely lost, you’ll pick up the instructions and start to finish the project.

I don’t want to do that with my one life here on earth. I procrastinate and give my daily tasks some effort, but not nearly everything that I have in me. My dad once told me that he never saw me give 100% of my effort to really anything. That he thought that if I had, that I would be somewhere great, like a professional athlete.

I don’t want God to say that for my life here on earth. Over anything on earth, I want to give 100% to my faith and pursuit of God.

How Great Is Your Call? You Decide.

Sometimes I think that the world revolves around me. I know it doesn’t, but sometimes it’s fun to think about. What if your life was really just a test, to see how well you performed in regard to letting God take over your life? What if everyone else was walking around on this earth as mere props for your life, to aide in testing you on how well you allowed the will of God to direct your life?

It’s you and God, and everyone else is an accomplice on the behalf of either the devil, or God. Keep in mind that this life is real, your decisions affect people. The world, in fact, really doesn’t revolve around you, but in some instances it’s healthy to put it in that perspective. Especially when you are faced with decisions that seem like the world is against you and God is the only one that is for you.

Today I was reading in Mark, which is a book that I’ve been focusing on lately. In the last few days I’ve been pretty good about posting a blog about what I’ve been reading. In Mark 12 Jesus talks about the parable of the tenants. The vineyard owner (God) sent multiple servants to collect from the fruit of the vineyard (prophets saving souls for heaven?). The tenants of the vineyard killed or beat each one of the servants, even the owners only begotten son (Jesus).

The point of the parable that really stuck out to me today was the fact that there were only a few servants. Out of the BILLIONS of people that have come and gone through this earth there were only a few servants (prophets) that were sent directly from God. Are you one of those selected few?

I’m not asking if God has called you to be a prophet, because that can get biblically tricky whether there are supposed to be any more from here on out. But I am asking you to value the call on your life. Is it so great that you could potentially be one of the selected few out of the billions that have come through this earth? I think there is definitely some influence that we have on how impactful our own life is.

God calls each and every one of us (Matthew 28:18-20) to live a life as the disciples did. What are you going to do about it?