Do What You Can!

By Pastor Alton Trimble

Manna For Today: Monday, June 6, 2016

Do What You Can!2

Mark 14:3-9And 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 2:6-8Though 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!

8 thoughts on “Do What You Can!

  1. Paul & Barbara Taylor

    Father God we thank you for your Love,Grace, and your Mercy in the name of Jesus, Amen, & Amen. Thank you P. T. For the manna everyday!!!

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  2. Phillip Bell

    Thank You, Heavenly Father, for Your word today! It inspires me to do what I can to draw mankind closer to You. Please, help me say or do something that reflects Your glory. In the name of Jesus, Your only Son, I pray. Amen.

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  3. Don Sullivan

    Thanks for a wonderful word today Lord. Father let me be a vessel that You use to draw someone to You. Let the Great Commission be a way of life for me giving You all the honor and glory. Illuminate every situation so that I may see things the way You want me to see them Lord. In Jesus mighty and matchless name, Amen!


  4. LeLe

    Lord, show me who is in need of the knowledge of your goodness and peace. Help me to do all that I can do with the right heart and attitude

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  5. Elaine LeBeauf Wheaton

    Heavenly Father, help and guide me to do what I can do with Love and Mercy demonstrated by Jesus so that it may leave a sweet fragrance in someone’s life. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

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  6. Michael

    Lord, you have blessed me in many ways. Help me use those blessings, large or small, to help others and glorify You. In the name of Jesus.

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