Friday, January 31, 2014

(40 Days of Focus) Day 27: "Nothing More. Nothing Less"

Read: “She did what she could. She came to pour perfume on my body before it is placed in a tomb” (Mark 14:8, GW).
Think About It: “This is what I can do.” A few miles past her prime, she spoke with sincerity, with clarity, and with passion. “There was a time when I was the roadrunner of life, going everywhere and doing everything. I just can’t maintain that pace any more. I’ve been there and I’ve done that, and now I’m ready to do this.” Of all the opportunities in her church to get involved in that might offer more apparent life-changing opportunities, she chose to volunteer in an office. Sorting, filing, answering phones, and enduring the awful taste of the back of the lip of envelopes, her heart’s desire was to belong, to connect, and to make a difference. Absent of the glamor and the bells and whistles, she was convinced that this juncture provided her with an opportunity to show to herself and to others that anyone can be used of God. She knew that she had something to offer. It’s what she could do. She gave it as unto the Lord. She was blessed to be a part of something she believed was changing lives. Others were blessed because of her faithfulness, humility, and willingness to serve.

Going Deeper: “She did what she could.” These were the words that were spoken by Jesus as a simple, yet earth quaking response to those who questioned both the sincerity and validity of this woman’s gift of costly perfume from a jar of alabaster. She had silenced the voices in her head and those around her from quenching the passion she had to honor Christ with what she had. It was costly. It was beautiful. It was misunderstood. It’s what she had. She gave it willingly and she gave it all. That’s all that God ever asks from anyone. Do you what you can, but give it your all. Everyone is created equal in the eyes of God, but not everyone is created the same. There is no one else on the face of this planet you call home who is the same as you. God created you uniquely. You are a one-of-a-kind original. What He has given you to do is on purpose and is for a purpose that is far greater than you. Surrender what you have. Do what you can. Watch what God will do.

Next Step: Don’t look now, but you are breathing. With every breath that God has designed for you to inhale, there is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives others as you exhale. Don’t fall into the trap of wasting time comparing what you have to offer with what you see others already doing. Do what you can do. Don’t hold back what God has equipped you with so that you can contribute to the overall mission of showing God’s love to the world. If you’re in a church, God placed you there. Do what you can do. Whether it is seen or unseen, paid or unpaid, on-stage or back-stage, it is all part of the same plan and purpose to showcase the extravagant love of Jesus to those who need it just the same as you. What has God given you? Do what you can do. Nothing more. Nothing less.

1 comment:

Joy Lenton said...

Thank you for this inspiring word, Chris. We can all do as this woman has done and make it our aim to serve the Lord willingly and faithfully in whatever capacity He calls us to do so. Thereby witnessing for Him and blessing others in the process.