“There came a woman with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume of pure nard; and she broke the vial and poured it over His head. But some were indignantly remarking to one another, ‘Why has this perfume been wasted?’ … But Jesus said, ‘Let her alone; why do you bother her? She has done a good deed to Me … She has done what she could.'” Mark 14:3-4, 6 & 8, NASB
Something new happened this morning. I received a reader’s request regarding a blog topic. And guess who that reader is? None other than my sweet, supportive husband, Mark Wickham! He was talking about the value of doing little things, which prompted me to mention a new song I’m loving, “Dream Small” by Josh Wilson.
Maybe that thought doesn’t cross your mind consciously. But as you consider it now, you’re thinking, “Yeah… that is how I feel deep down inside. I’m not doing enough. I’m not effective enough. I’m not ______” (fill in the blank).
God has been teaching me about the source of my thoughts, and I can share confidently that thoughts like the one above are NOT from the Lord. I believe they’re lies generated by our enemy, who preys upon our fleshly tendencies toward self-absorption, insecurities, and so on. Time after time, I’ve fallen into the trap of bemoaning my lack of influence.
Yet God says, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).
If God has prepared works for us, such as loving our husbands, caring for our children, reaching out in our neighborhoods, serving at church, shining Christ’s love at the workplace, and more…
The woman who anointed Jesus didn’t waste her perfume. She used what she possessed in order to honor the Lord. And so can we. Every comforting word, every peal of laughter, every desperate prayer, every act of kindness—when rooted in Christ—makes a difference. These good works spread God’s love in our homes, our neighborhoods, our churches, our land … and our world.
In Christ’s Love,
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