Called to Serve: It’s Bigger Than You and Me
by Lebohang Mabula
“3 Jesus was in Bethany. He was at the table in the home of Simon, who had a skin disease. A woman came with a special sealed jar. It contained very expensive perfume made out of pure nard. She broke the jar open and poured the perfume on Jesus’ head. 4 Some of the people there became angry. They said to one another, “Why waste this perfume? 5 It could have been sold for more than a year’s pay. The money could have been given to poor people.” So they found fault with the woman.”Mark 14: 3-5
The most expensive item we all possess in this day and age is not our homes, our cars, our expensive clothes? No — the most important asset we all possess is our time. The funny thing about time is that we all are given the same quantity, but the quality of our time lies in what we choose to do with it each day. We all have 24 hours each day to do what we want or need to do, how we choose to spend these 24 hours is completely up to each person. The question we all need to ask ourselves each day is: “What have I done with the gift of brand new day that GOD has given me?”
The woman in Bethany poured out her very expensive perfume on Jesus and completely ignored the opinions of other people regarding how she could have better used her perfume. This woman had an expensive perfume — it was sealed in a jar and could only be used once. We have so much more than that; we have the gift of each day, time which we can pour out to serve in God’s kingdom. The society we live in is very demanding — between school, family and/or demanding careers, it’s so important to be intentional in what we do with our time.
As co-heirs with Christ, we have been called to serve. Mark 10:45 reminds us that “For the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many”. If Christ came to serve and we strive to be Christ-like, our desire and intentions should also be to serve in every aspect of our lives. We ought to use our time, careers, finances, our relationships…. everything that GOD has given to us as a gift, as expensive perfume — to serve in His Kingdom and to serve others.
I recall a few years ago when I started my first job after varsity; one of the biggest struggles I had was finding time outside work to not only rest but also to continue to serve in the church I was a part of at the time. A mentor of mine gave me some of the best advice I’ve ever received. She told me that serving does not always have to be confined to the four walls of church, and that right there, at my job, I could decide to serve my colleagues and be a representation of God’s love every day, all week!
One of the biggest mistakes most of us tend to make is to want to “fix” our lives before allowing GOD to use us; we disqualify ourselves in our minds even before we try. In Acts 3: -7 we read: “Then Peter said, silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength”. Peter knew what he had and what he didn’t, but he didn’t despair concerning what he didn’t have, but rather he used what he did have and a lame man was healed!
The Word of God is very clear that His kingdom is not a matter of eating and drinking only (Romans 14:7) — we are called to Him to make an impact here on earth and to leave lives changed wherever we go. We can only do this when we open our lives and make ourselves available to serve in the workplaces, families, churches and even in the countries God has positioned us in.
The sun rises and sets on all men alike; it does not discriminate. Don’t let the sun rise and set without you using the time and gifts God has given you to serve here on earth. The world is waiting for those who will take action, for “… the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God” (Romans 8:19).
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