In Honor of Good Works

“Truly I say to you, wherever the gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her.” (Mark 14:9)

In Honor of Good Works

May is a month that can be reflective of memorials and observances that either bring us great joy, immense sorrow, or a little of both emotionally.  Generally speaking we go into this month expecting warm, sunny days, tulips, and special festivities with family and friends to commemorate at least two major holidays.

These special days of memorial remind us of how precious life is and how fleeting is the bounty of life—our loved-ones, friends, and purpose for living.  The truth is regardless of the weight of our worries or work we are here for a season and a reason and then gone on to become a remembrance to others of hopefully happier days gone by of our good works.

And what of the memories. What would they entail—what good work would emerge reflectively of what was achieved for the kingdom of God on a daily basis? Would it be our giving, or our faith, or dedication to God’s plans? Would it entail our accountability to a responsibility to the faith and the good and perfect work of salvation? 

Our text is about the good work of an unnamed woman that Jesus memorializes.  In humble silence she appeared uninvited at the house of a leper named Simon and poured an expensive perfume over Jesus’ head in honor of Him as the Messiah. Now Jesus identified with the woman’s good work as a gracious and prophetic understanding of his coming death and burial.  In other words she was attuned to the depth and breadth of his earthly mission unlike others who maligned her good work as a complete waste of a valuable commodity—in other words it was too valuable to be “wasted” on Jesus.

There has always been a grave distinction between what the world identifies as honorable and worthy of praise and what God acknowledges as good and honorable. On the one hand the carnal and tangible is deemed worthy of honor and praise in the world.  And on the other God maintains that he looks at the good work that flows from the heart of the believer. 

In honor of the perfect work on the Cross and the miraculous Resurrection of Jesus Christ; in honor of His victorious ascension up to heaven and his expected return, let us proceed as the unnamed woman long ago in a house in Bethany, and boldly pour out our very best in spirit and in truth from this day forth.

Yours in Christ,

Rev. Lurecie M. Stokes


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