To some degree or another, we all want significance. The drive for it may vary in each of us but there is not likely a single human being without at least some drive for significance. This doesn’t mean they need to reach the level of a Neil Armstrong or a Louis Pasteur… but they want to know their life had meaning far beyond their time on earth. The problem is that many in our culture (and I’m including Christians) have created some sort of ranking system in their minds, that one kind of significance holds more value than another. Jesus tells us that line of thinking is wrong.
Throughout the Gospels, there are people who are ‘memorialized’, remember for over 2,000 years and will be remember until Jesus’ return… because they were part of a story. Some of those people are remembered for something they themselves did, and still others because they were present during an event that was recorded. Some people are actually named, yet they had little impact while others are nameless yet had huge impact.
There is one such woman in the bible. A nameless woman who did something that had so much value, Jesus Himself said that her actions would be memorialized every time the Gospels were shared.
The full story is here, but a few important notes are this. An unnamed woman used a very expensive perfume/oil to ‘anoint’ Jesus’s head, just days before He would be handed over to the Romans to be beat and crucified. While some argued that she ‘wasted’ such an expensive product (rather than serve the poor with its value), Jesus had a different response. “She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial. And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.” (Mark 14:8-9)
Here, this woman we don’t know, does one ‘small’ task and Jesus said what she has done will be memorialized forever. Now why was this seemingly ‘small and out of place’ task important enough for Jesus to say it would be memorialized? Simple. First, it was an act of worship. She was ascribing ‘worth’ to Jesus. Second, it was what she could do. She wasn’t trying to be something or someone else. She simply used her gifts and abilities for His glory. Third, she was serving Jesus. What the crowd thought of her actions were of little consequence, she wanted to serve Him.
When we worship Christ, with the gifts, talents and abilities given to us… and serve Him, then our actions rise to that level of significance. They may not be written about in the Gospel account (too late for that), but this story is there to demonstrate to us that these little acts of worship and obedience mean very much to Him.
Use the gifts, talent and abilities that He has given you to worship and serve Him.
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