She Did What She Could
In Mark 14:1-9, we are told of a woman who anointed Jesus with expensive perfume. Responding to the disciples’ criticism of the woman using such expensive perfume, Jesus said, “She did what she could.” To honor Jesus, she shared what was most dear and precious to her. This was not a meaningless gesture. She was not giving leftovers. She gave her best.
In light of this story, we might want to ask, “What do we have that we could use to honor Jesus?” If we take inventory, we find we have a lot to use and to give. First of all, we can give of our time. Being good stewards of our time implies that we will not be wasting our time but using it for God-pleasing purposes. In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul wrote, “Be careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity…” (Ephesians 5:15-16). Using our time in the service of others is a wonderful way to use what we’ve been given in service for Jesus.
We can also serve Jesus with our talents. Whether God has given us many or few abilities, we can, with God’s strength, be of help to others. Peter encourages this service in 1 Peter 4:10-11: “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”
We can also do what we can with our money. Through the giving of our money to those in need and to extend God’s kingdom, we are honoring Jesus. When we hear how Jesus commended the woman who anointed Him as a way to honor Him, we are also encouraged to do what we can.
Generosity is a form of grace. We love because He first loved us, and we give because He first gave to us. Giving isn’t God’s way of raising money—it’s his way of raising children. To give is to be like Jesus, whose incarnation and atonement were the ultimate lavish gift. God’s unfolding drama of redemption is the essence of giving, the source of giving, and the model for giving. ~ Randy Alcorn
DEFINITION of STEWARDSHIP
Christian Stewardship is “the obedient management of life and all its resources under the guidance of the Holy Spirit to the glory of God and the advancement of His kingdom.”
"When we trust God we are free to rely entirely upon Him to get what we need." ~ Richard J. Foster
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)