6 “Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 7 The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. 8 She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. 9 Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
Amy Grant sings a song where she imagines God saying of her, “She has her father’s eyes.” That is for me like the way Jesus describes this woman, saying, “She did what she could.” Or, like the one in a parable of Jesus, who upon completing his work for his master, is told, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
God knows us to the core, so I hope that when I get to meet God face to face, God will see that I used as well as I could what opportunities I had to further God’s kingdom. Certainly I cannot do everything, but God understands my potential along with my limitations. God continues to stretch me and challenge me to mature in character and service. I hope my actions will be such that even though I cannot do all things, God can say that I have done what I could.
Pouring perfume on Jesus to anoint him for burial – a small thing in one perspective, but huge in another. It took courage and sacrifice on her part, not to mention having to endure censure for her actions! But Jesus praised her. “She did what she could.” And that’s enough for me.
Dear God, give me the courage to do even small things for your kingdom if that’s what I am able to do. Keep me listening to your guidance so that I may be faithful in service. Let me not get discouraged looking at my limitations; instead let me be obedient in whatever way I can. I give you the praise in Jesus Christ our savior. Amen.