Friday, February 10th, 2017
Do-Gooders (Part 87)
While He was in Bethany at the home of Simon the leper, and reclining at the table, there came a woman with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume of pure nard; and she broke the vial and poured it over His Head. But some were indignantly remarking to one another, 'Why has this perfume been wasted? For this perfume might have been sold for over three hundred denarii, and the money given to the poor.' And they were scolding her. But Jesus said, 'Let her alone; why do you bother her? She has done a good deed to Me. For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you wish you can do good to them; but you do not always have Me.'
Mark 14:3-7 (NASB)
In the four Gospels, 'immediately' (the word) is mentioned 79 times.* Considering the actions of Jesus and His disciples' timely responses, urgency was on the Lord's agenda:
'Immediately the Spirit impelled Him to go out into the wilderness' (Mark 1:12).
'Immediately they left their nets and followed Him' (Matthew 4:20).
'Immediately his leprosy was cleansed' (Matthew 8:3).
'Immediately the one who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and gained five more talents' (Matthew 25:16).
'Be like men who are waiting for their master when he returns from the wedding feast, so that they may immediately open the door to him when he comes and knocks' (Luke 12:36).
Because God's team isn't the only team standing ready to jump into the game. 'Immediately Satan comes and takes away the word which has been sown in them... immediately they fall away' (Mark 4:15,17).
When Mary, the sister of Lazarus, poured very expensive oil on Jesus, His Own disciples scolded her for waste. But Mary felt an immediate call to sacrifice her gift right then and there. Rather than saving it for the future, even if a future plan seemed noble, the Lord compelled her and she responded.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Postponing a call from your Captain (because it doesn't seem logical... or you think you have a better plan... or you're waiting for a better time), is dubbed dereliction of duty.
The Lord's logic is higher than yours. The Lord's Orders are wiser than yours. The Lord's timing is better than yours. Even though He likes us to wait on Him, He expects quick action when He calls.
Therefore, if reasonable Christians shame your journey into media, urging a different sacrifice--one that seems more plausible to them--remember Mary and continue.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do-Gooders series.