As I read Mark 14 this morning, verse 6 caught my attention. It says, “Leave her alone. Why are you bothering her? She has done a noble thing for me.” (HSCB) In defending Mary before His disciples who were harshly criticizing her for using a very expensive perfume on Jesus, He said that “she had done a noble thing for [Him]” They believed selling it and using the money to help the poor was better than pouring it all on Jesus’ head. According to them, it was a wasteful act; but according to Jesus was noble, beautiful act.
What stood out for me was that Jesus said that Mary had done
what she had done for Him. I believe that is what made the act beautiful and noble. And for that reason, Jesus promised that she would be remembered eternally for her act. In other words, what she did was going to have lasting fruit because it was done for Jesus.
The same will be true for us. The way to bear lasting fruit or have eternal impact in life is to do everything we do for Jesus. It really does not matter how good, noble, great, sacrificial and beautiful an act is; if it is not done for Jesus, it is a waste of time and energy at best. It is a wasted opportunity to make a difference that will last. The great apostle Paul put it like this:
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31, NIV).
I am afraid that most of us are wasting our lives by doing the things we do on a daily basis – working, parenting, giving, ministry, business, sports, resting, etc – for ourselves (and maybe even for others), instead of doing themfor Jesus. And unfortunately, when we stand before God that day when He will be evaluating our lives (see 2 Corinthians 5:10), we will “suffer loss”, which means we will lose the rewards we were to receive for doing good here on earth. What a terrible experience it will be for many people. I hope you won’t be in that number.
So how do we do everything for Jesus? How is this even possible? In simple terms, I think doing life for Jesus means living for His praise and honour. This means constantly being aware that He is watching us, that everything about us and our lives is before His presence and nothing is hidden; and then doing all we do (in word and deed) for His praise, His approval, His honour, His fame and His applause. It means He, not I, is the centre and focus of life.
It means He is my motivation, reason and strength for doing whatever I I do.
This is what it means to do anything for Jesus.
Jesus is looking for people who will say, “Anything for you, Lord.” And then really do it for Him.
Point to Ponder
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31, NIV