At Bethany At the home of Simon Woman with expensive box of ointment Some apostles were upset − We could have sold that box − 300 denarii = about 1 year salary − That much money could help many poor people with necessities of life Jesus responded - - -
Mark 14:6-9 6 But Jesus said, "Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me. 7 For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but Me you do not have always. 8 She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint My body for burial. 9 Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her."
Some Observations There are others who “did what they could.” − Aaron – with his rod − Widows mite − Shunanite woman – Elisha − Paul – Romans 1:14-15 14 I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise and to unwise. 15 So, as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome also.
Some Observations Religion is DOING James 1:26-27 26 If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this ones religion is useless. 27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.
Some Observations Religion is DOING WHAT WE CAN Giving – 2 Corinthians 8:12 For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have.
Some Observations Religion is DOING WHAT WE CAN Talents – Matthew 25:14-15 14 "For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. 15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey.
Some Observations Religion is DOING WHAT WE CAN Responsibility Opportunity + Ability = Responsibility Galatians 6:10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Greatest Need in Church IS NOT: Eloquence Education Wealth Power
Greatest Need in Church IS IS: Each one Doing What we can Using our gifts (abilities)
We all have gifts Many think “I dont have any talent.” WRONG! We have many special gifts to give: − The Bible – Gods Word − Jesus – the savior − Church – the body of Christ − Salvation – Gods plan to save us − Eternal life – available to all
SO – What have you done? With your Bible knowledge? With your faith in God? With your faith in Jesus? With your fellowship in the church? With the joy of your salvation? To improve your skills, talents, abilities?