What You Do For Jesus Matters!

“But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to me. For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. In pouring this ointment on my body, she has done it to prepare me for burial. Truly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.” (Matthew 26: 10-13 ESV)
 
Pastor Patrick D. Coats
 
In the business world, there are two types of transactions. There are deposits and there are withdrawals. Most times, when we come to God it’s to make a withdrawal. We’re usually making our requests known and begging him to move on our behalf. The culture of making withdrawals from God is evident even in this story. The disciples were so used to people coming to Jesus to ask for something that they could not appreciate what Mary was doing for Him. Mary was a woman that did something extraordinary and unusual for Jesus, she came with an offering for Him. Essentially, Mary was making a spiritual deposit. This is profound because it means that Mary understood something that even Jesus’ disciples could not grasp. She recognized the value of God’s grace. She knew that she had a crazy past and in light of all that Christ had forgiven her for, she brought the best that she had to offer to give back to Him. Sometimes, we can’t see the activity of God because we are too busy standing around with our hands out waiting for Him to do something for us when in reality, it’s in our service to Him that we experience Him. What we do on this Earth should be synonymous with what we will be doing in Heaven. Heaven will not be a place of withdrawals. In Heaven, we will worship and praise God all day and all night crying Holy to the Lord God almighty! Likewise, on this Earth we should seek to do things that honor God and give Him glory. There are three practical ways that we can make spiritual deposits to God. The first is through prayer. Prayer doesn’t always have to be us coming to God with requests. Pray a prayer of thanksgiving and just tell your Father how good He is and thank Him for all that He has done for you. The second way is through praise. Remember that our God is great and greatly to be praised! The last way to make a spiritual deposit is to serve the Lord with gladness. Despite circumstances, heartaches, and the numerous trials we face daily, we should still have joy in our heart towards our Heavenly Father. We have to remember that what we do for God here on Earth matters and it’s only because of what Jesus did on that cross that we are able to do anything at all.