Serve God Now With Whatever Gift You Have

God is not waiting for you to be perfect, but to begin

When Mary of Bethany anointed Jesus with oil, she did what she could. She was not trained to do professional ministry, but she served our Lord well with that small gesture. Listen to Elisa Morgan discuss the implications to our life from this small story.

Mark 14:3-9 (ESV)

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

3And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head.4There were some who said to themselves indignantly, “Why was the ointment wasted like that?5For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they scolded her.6But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me.7For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me.8She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial.9And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.”

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

What is in your alabaster jar? What is it that you are afraid of losing if you go out to serve in the gospel before you feel that you're ready? What is it that you are waiting to learn or perfect before you go out to do a work of ministry?
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If you could start a particular work of ministry today (sharing the gospel or outside service or some work in the church), what would you go and do? Have Elisa's words encouraged you to go out and get to work?
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While Elisa has told us that all believers should share the gospel now, she did not say that an immature Christian can hold any ministry position. What are some responsibilities or areas of ministry that do require training and preparation before the Christian worker takes them on?
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Whether you are explicitly sharing the gospel or delivering a meal to someone in need, you are engaging in the work of ministry. You don't need to look forward to a day when you finally get everything right. Ask what you are able to do today in service to the Lord, and go out to that task in faith.

Elisa's message in this post comes from her book She Did What She Could. If you would like to check out this resource, go to her website here.