I pulled into a parking space at Wal-mart. An elderly lady–more elderly than I–stood next to her open trunk and was laboriously lifting her purchases from her shopping cart and placing them into her trunk. Just as I swung open my door, another lady appeared. She was on her way into the store, but she stopped to offer the elderly lady assistance. “Can I help you with those?” she offered as she simultaneously lifted the bags and placed them carefully into the lady’s trunk. The lady was thrilled to have the help; she even said, “I wish I could take you home with me.” The Samaritan lady said, she would gladly do that if she didn’t have to get back to the office.
“She has done a good work for Me.” Mark 14:6
I thought about that kind, unselfish act. She only had a few minutes and would have to return to work, but she took time to help the other lady in the 108-degree Oklahoma heat. As hot as it was, most of us think about how fast we can get from our air-conditioned cars to the air-conditioned store. I thought how pleased Jesus would be of her random act of kindness. How often do we even see the plight of another as we go about our day? Do we even consider stopping to help someone like that? Do we ever see those kindnesses as doing a “good work for” Jesus? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we did?
Some people may not see our acts as our Lord does. In the passage today, folks were grumbling about how Mary had wasted the perfume to wash Jesus’ feet. The scoffer’s grumbled that it was worth a year’s wages and could have been spent to feed the poor. But Jesus defended Mary’s act of love and selflessness. He said as long as the gospel message is told, she would be remembered for her kindness to Him.
We do not have the physical Lord present with us today. Yet, as we go about our lives, we are given many opportunities to do kind deeds. When we look beyond ourselves and do any kindness in His name, we have “done a good work for” Him.
PRAYER: Lord, thank you for sacrificing all so we might live eternally with You. Thank you for the opportunity You give us to serve You by helping others. Let us never be so busy we cannot stop and do acts of sacrificial kindness.