Here is a "profound" truth: we are ALL getting older. Our oldest granddaughter just turned 21. I can’t believe it. She was just three years old yesterday and now she is getting ready to go into her senior year of Bible college . Time flies, doesn’t it? I won’t even talk about how fast time flies when you turn 60. Do any of you relate to me when I say that I am … well, um.m..…over 60, but mentally I feel about 45? But the “itus” brothers bring me back to reality - you know...arthar. and burse The truth is we are all getting older and someday we will come to the end of this journey called life. When that time comes what will be said about you….what will be said about me? If you know Christ as your Savior and when you stand before the Bema seat will there be ANYTHING good that God can say about you,.” When your pastor stands before your grave will he be able to say one thing that you have done for the cause of Christ? One hundred years from now what will they say about you? Mothers, will your children be able to say that you were a great influence in their lives? Will our lives have any lasting value?
There is a woman in the Bible who had a life that counted. How do we know? The Lord said of her, “wheresoever this gospel is preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.” Mark 14:9. She is the only person that has ever had her life memorialized by our Savior. Not Moses, not Elijah, not Paul…but this insignificant woman named Mary. She is someone worth getting to know better, don’t you think?
Mark 14: 3-9
3. And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head. 4. And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made? 5. For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her. 6. And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me. 7. For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always. 8. She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying. 9. Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.
Who was this woman whose life counted for Christ? She wasn’t a beautiful, courageous Esther or a valiant Deborah. She was just a simple, plain, village woman. Jesus said, “She hath done what SHE could.” (vs. 8) Aren’t you thankful that we don’t have to be talented or beautiful or intelligent or organized or a score of other things to be able to please the Lord? Mary didn’t compare her gifts and abilities with anyone else. She had a sister who was a power house … a super woman…. But Mary simply did what SHE could. The comparison game is one of the most insidious ways the devil uses to discourage women today. II Corinthians 10:12 gives us a clear warning about comparing ourselves to others. “For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves; but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.” God can take that which we have to offer him and multiply it and use it for His honor and His glory. Don’t worry about not being able to sing or play or stand up in front of women and teach – what can YOU do. Mary simply did what SHE could. The little boy only had 5 loaves and two little fish --- BUT GOD multiplied them to feed thousands. The widow only had 1 mite, but offered to God in humility and love it was just as good as a fortune. Give God YOUR best…. If you teach a Sunday School class do YOUR best…pray, study, prepare. “Ecclesiastes 9:10 – Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might….” That is all God expects of you. You might say….”I can’t do anything!” WRONG! Ministry doesn’t always have to be a highly visible thing. And it isn’t always the woman who seems to “be perfect” that has the greatest impact on lives. The woman who had the most influence on my life was my first pastor’s wife. She wasn’t a perfect model type… she was a short, plump woman and she and her husband lived in a small, modest parsonage behind the church. She was also my Sunday School teacher….and my how she loved the Bible. Many of the bedrock convictions and knowledge of the Bible that I have now were learned in her Sunday School class. I was a shy girl from the home of a loving mother and an abusive, drunkard father. My home was not a safe haven by any means. Many times Mrs. Comfort (isn’t that a great name – she comforted me many, many times) would invite me and my best friend to come and spend the night with her when her husband had to be away. Such meager furnishings…..nothing fancy about her home, her food or her decorations. Many times we sat down to beans and potatoes and a bowl of jello, but she offered to me what I needed more than anything……..peace, love, direction, encouragement…TIME. There was always pleasant conversation, quite sacred music playing, love and harmony. She made a difference in my life. Her husband went on to become the president of the denomination they were in and she became a college professor. I’m sure she must have affected other lives for Christ, but if she never did, I know one girl whose life was changed because of her.
WHAT CAN YOU DO? WHOSE LIFE CAN YOU AFFECT? BE A MARY AND DO WHAT YOU CAN.