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At The End Of The Day

How would you answer these:

The one who became poor so that…

The pathway to lasting honor is…

At the end of the day…

 

The answers will help you create a legacy that matters.  Mark 13 is framed by the introduction of two women. At the end of chapter 12 there is a widow’s offering to which Jesus draws His disciple’s attention. Jesus is demonstrating here the way to measure a gift.  It’s by sacrifice, not amount. Jesus is trying to pound into the mind of His disciples what it means to be committed to the Kingdom.

 

The next thing Jesus introduces is another woman engaged in sacrifice. A woman comes to him with an alabaster flask filled with an expensive perfume, which would be a year’s wages in cost. We discover from Mark that this woman is pouring away her future on the head of Jesus at the risk of being disregarded and socially unaccepted. It was a gesture of complete abandonment by breaking the expensive flask to pour all of the perfume on Jesus.

 

The context of these two stories is self-sacrifice. The Pharisees are plotting to kill Jesus and Judas is plotting to betray him. In both cases the crowds and the disciples regarded these women as extravagant and stupid. In our day, we honor the “philanthropists” for their giving and generosity. Yet we are reviled by people who sacrifice their life for the cause of Christ because of their extreme sacrifice.

 

The disciples were convinced that following Jesus was rewarded with something. They harbored the question “what will I get?”. The two women were concerned with what they could give! They saw what others, including the apostles, missed.

 

Jesus said,

“Verily, verily I say to you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

Hers was a perpetual response to the one who became poor so that we could become rich.  The rash extravagance of this humble woman lives on while the people who scolded her are forgotten.

 

The pathway to lasting honor is to honor Christ. Both women gave Him all they had. Unique, generous, timely in it’s provision, lasting it it’s impact…and they scolded her. But Jesus said, “She has done what she could”.

 

At the end of the day, it is not what you say about yourself that matters, it is not even what others say about you that matters. At the end of the day, it is only what God says about you that matters.

So, may He say about you, “Well done, good and faithful servant”.

 

Thanks to Alister Begg for his wisdom in this matter.

 

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joe-sturnioloBy Joe Sturniolo
Christian Family Legacy and Wealth Planning
Joe believes that stronger families are the vehicle God uses to bring about significant impact for His Kingdom.

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