Manna For Today: Monday, June 6, 2016
Mark 14:3-9 – And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as He sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on His head. 4 But there were some who were indignant among themselves, and said, “Why was this fragrant oil wasted? 5 For it might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they criticized her sharply. 6 But Jesus said, “Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me. 7 For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but Me you do not have always. 8 She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint My body for burial. 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.”
Note that Christ is at dinner with someone we would call an X. There are many Xs in our current cultural context that might find benefit in our presence. Among the many discoveries made could be that we are an X of some sort ourselves; and oh, by the way, Christ was a type of X Himself!
Philippians 2:6-8 – Though He was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. 7 Instead, He gave up His divine privileges; He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When He appeared in human form, 8 He humbled Himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
Note also how Christ focused more on the fragrance of what she was being rather than what she was doing. The disciples focused on what she was doing and became critical of her and received admonishment from Christ.
Note the statement in verse 8, “she has done what she could.” What are you able to do that will leave the sweet fragrance of Christ in someone’s life?
Today, do what you can! God doesn’t expect anything more and will not accept anything less.
Peace and blessings!