Grace is a lot of things.
It’s big rescue and big salvation and big last chance chances when we are caught before our falls.
It comes when we decide to think of ourselves less than He says we truly are.
It asks that we see others as Jesus sees them.
Like he sees us.
Like he saw the woman with the expensive oil who wasn’t showing off her efforts. It wasn’t her plan to defy the others.
She just wanted to love Jesus when all around Him was persecution, ridicule, doubt and the question of His intent and the day of deciding His death.
She was focused on worship and she poured out her worship freely.
In unashamed and unexpected worship, she gave what she could to Jesus.
She gave what she had.
When the people standing around ranted over her waste of what in their opinion could have been sold.
Jesus accepted her gift, her worship, her grace towards Him and He used it for all the others to know the power of giving, the power of humble and creative opportunities to give and receive grace.
Jesus told them all to leave her alone, that this would be her legacy, this choice she made to be bold, to give what she had and to trust God with the rest.
“And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.””
Mark 14:9 ESV
Now thousands of years later, this passage is in my Bible marked with red.
For me to really remember grace for all it is, not just a sweet and easy sounding word.
Help me to do what I can when I can, to allow interruptions, to ignore human reasoning of my ways. To acknowledge where you place me as places you will use me, to not hide away in my introvert ways.
To do what honors God, to simply pour out what I have and leave it there.
Help me to act accordingly as if I’m listening closely to hear my Father say.
Oh, to hear Him say to me, the same!
She hath done what she could.
Forgive me, Lord, when I make less than amazing your grace, when I am prone to hiding away and when I forget to walk in it, exhibit it, simplify it, this timeless and phenomenal gift, your grace. Because of your mercy, I pray in Jesus name, Amen