Recap:Have you had any answers? Continue to ask the big questions to God and listen out for his reply in the world and what you encounter. Continue to trust in Him; He doesn’t always give the answer straight away.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
Mark 14: 3-9
3 While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.
4 Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume?5 It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages[a] and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.
6 “Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 7 The poor you will always have with you,[b] and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. 8 She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. 9 Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
Actions speak louder than words
I say ‘I love you’ to my wife all the time. I am someone whose ‘love language’ is talking and spending time with people. Amy’s ‘love language’ is more practical. I often feel challenged that, although I love my wife and feel compelled to tell her all the time, actually the way best way of letting her know I love her is in doing things to show it.
The one thing I have found in my life is that actions often speak louder than words. I was once given this quote, that if you “characterise people by their actions, you will never be fooled by their words”. Matthew 7:20 in the NLT version says, “just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.”
What I love about this passage is that the woman articulated her feelings by her actions. Notice that the woman who poured the perfume over Jesus is not given a name, it wasn’t about who she was but about what she did. She is remembered for her actions, by loving Jesus and prioritising him in what she set out to do. Her actions spoke so loudly that they are forever remembered in the words of this passage.
Today’s challenge is to ask God to help you ‘walk the talk’. Ask God to journey with you today, helping you to be more like Jesus in the way you act and react to those you encounter and to the world around you.
Help me to back up my words through my actions. Help me to be a trustworthy person. May my integrity as a Christian be shown in who I am and how I act. Be with me in all I do Father, so I may always act in a way that is pleasing to you.
In Jesus name I pray