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24th January 2024

Discouraged Servants

 She has done what she could.

Mark 14:8

In today’s performance-driven world, Christians are often more critical of their own acts of service than God is. Many seek to honour Him in word and deed yet feel that nothing they do is ever good enough to please Him. Such distraught servants will be encouraged by today’s Bible reading in Mark 14.

From what we learn in John 12, we know that the woman in in Mark 14 was Mary (the sister of Martha and Lazarus), the one who regarded listening at the feet of Jesus as more important than preparing an impressive meal (Lk 10:38-42).

Her extravagant anointing of the head of the Lord with costly oil was called a waste by her loveless critics. But Jesus quickly vindicated her by acknowledging that she had done a good work for Him simply by doing what she could (v 8).

Are you frustrated because of what you can not do, and critical of what you can? Are the murmurings of others drowning out God’s “well done”? Rest for a while at the feet of the Lord Jesus and gain Mary’s understanding. Then rise up and do what you can, knowing that He will be pleased.

Bible Reading

Mark 14:1-9.


Almighty Lord God, thank You for the talents You have given me. Help me find ways to use them in Your service. In Christ name. Amen.

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