One’s commitment to Jesus (made in the good confession, Matt. 10:32), should become a ‘spring board’ for dedication of faithfulness to Him, as this new life style is being lived to the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31; 2 Cor. 5:17). Being a true disciple of Jesus involves one’s energy being utilized in His service. Paul wrote, I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service (Romans 12:1). Christians must recognize their labor (for the Lord) is not in vain (1 Cor. 15:58). Yet, that life style should not be hidden. A worthy effort for the Lord should be encouraged. Remember, it is not about being successful, but being faithful that counts (1 Cor. 4:2).
During our Lord’s ministry, and during the close of His thirty three years of life on earth, two days before Passover, as death was imminent, a noble deed was done for Jesus (See Mark 14:1-9). In the village of Bethany, home town of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus, (who had been raised from the dead); a woman pours expensive ointment (perfume) over the Lord’s head (V. 3). Jesus explains this deed was in preparation for the burial of His body (V. 8). This indeed was a kind gesture on her part that manifests her love for Jesus.
Yet, often when a noted deed is done for the right cause; there are ‘self-appointed’ faultfinders. And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made? For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her (Mark 14: 4-5). Yet, Jesus came to her defense and said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? She hath wrought a good work on me. For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always. She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying.
(Verses 6-8). Jesus noticed her kindness to Him before His death. Joseph of Arimathaea, and Nicodemus displayed respect to Him after His death (See John 19:38-40). This woman did not do what others wanted her to do, but Jesus reminds us, she hath done what she could (V. 8).
Could the Lord say this about us? Have we done what we can do (for the Lord’s cause)? We may not do what others want us to do, or as much as we desire to do, but the Lord is pleased when we do what we can do. Paul was not successful converting anyone in Jerusalem, and the Lord told him to leave, for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me (Acts 22:18). Yet, he had done what he could, he tried, and the Lord was pleased with his efforts. What efforts do we put forth for His cause today?