read | Mark 14:8–9
“She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for its burial. Truly I tell you, wherever the good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her.”
Jesus’ words have come to pass. Today we remember this woman, Jesus spoke the truth. There are many things that come to mind as we consider this woman whose love so compassionately drove her to this act of grace.
What strikes me today is how these verses in Mark’s Gospel begin. “She has done what she could do!” Certainly in that day and age, what a woman could do was limited. Women could not speak or preach in the way I am permitted today. Women could not go into the synagogue and hold a prayer meeting. But this woman, who had little, gave much. And in truth, she had so much more than many of us do this day. She had a love that was relentless for Christ.
She did what she could do! Do I? Do you? Do you do all you can do for Jesus? It seems to me that statement—she did all she could do—is a challenge and calling for how we might live our life in faith. An old hymn says, “All to Jesus I surrender, all to Him I freely give!” I have sung those words and ones like it in more contemporary songs and wish it were true….but if I am honest, I think I withhold so much!
When we really think about our lives and how we live, what do we do for Jesus? Is it all? Is there more?
Above my computer is a silver plaque with these words inscribed in it:
“What would you do if you knew you could not fail?”
I wonder if we risk enough, try enough, offer enough, and commune enough with Jesus, for Jesus.
- Today will you find some time to sit and consider what you can do for Jesus? Today, this week…this year?
- Are you doing all you can do for Jesus?
- Rev. Care Crawford