Spirit & Life Devotional
Friday, July 3
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
What Will You Be Remembered For?
Mark 14.9 "Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.”
The story was told about a woman who went to Jesus with an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. She broke the flask and poured it on His head. In the house with Jesus were some who were indignant, and said, “Why was this fragrant oil wasted? For it might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they criticized her sharply.
First, I need you to note that that woman is not being remembered for what she did for herself, but for what she did for Jesus. I think that's a noteworthy point. The oil was said to be very expensive: she was obviously not a wealthy woman, else she would have been recognized by people present; she was unknown, her name wasn't even mentioned; she may have used her life savings; it must have cost her something; yet she didn't use the money for herself, she lavished it upon Jesus! What are you doing for God? What are you doing for others?
Also note that they criticized her for what she did. That tells me that great deeds are not always validated by the applause of men. What you do may not be appreciated by man; it may not make sense to your parents, it may seem like a foolish idea to your friends and family, but God recognizes it. Stop living for likes! In this age of social media, people are saying and doing things just for likes! So man may like what you do, does God like them? Man may like what you do, but will those things last forever?
Let us live with purpose. Long after you have left the world, will you be remembered for anything? And in heaven, when people are being recognized, will you be one of the outstanding ones?