What Jesus Did! 'Only for a little While!' — Mark 14:7-8

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

You will always have poor people with you. You can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. This woman did the only thing she could do for me. She poured perfume on my body. She did this before I die to prepare me for burial.
— Mark 14:7-8 NLT
Illustration of Mark 14:7-8 NLT —  This woman did the only thing she could do for me.

Key Thought

So often we have people we love dearly and greatly respect that we never praise, honor, or thank until after they are dead. This story of the woman's expensive gift to Jesus should be a reminder that we shouldn't wait till people are dead to give them the thanks they deserve. Let's thank others and honor them in ways that are appropriate for their service.

Today's Prayer

Father, I know there are many people in my life who have blessed me. Please forgive me for not being more affirming and appreciative to them. Help me see the opportunities I have to thank and honor people, always to your glory, before their time on earth is ended. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
  • 2 Timothy 1:15-18
  • Hebrews 13:7

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.