GIVING FOR GOD’S WORK (Mark 14:1-11) – 9 June, 2019
Truth be told, ECWA Goodnews, 54, Ahmadu Bello Way is a giving church. Since I came to this church I have seen God’s people give cheerfully and willingly for the cause of the kingdom of God. I have been greatly touched and personally challenged by the act of giving by God’s people here.
And I believe that our heavenly father is pleased by our generous giving. The act of giving by God’s people has made it possible for us as a community of faith to touch lives within and without and to contribute our quota in expanding the kingdom of God on this side of eternity. Let us keep up the good work of giving to the Lord, in due time we shall reap a great harvest of reward in this life and the one which is to come.
In order to spur us on to more generous, cheerful and willing giving for God’s work, I wish to take a series entitled “Giving for God’s Work.” The series of messages will begin today with the great act of giving exemplified by an unnamed woman who gave generously and lavishly her most expensive possession unto the Lord Jesus Christ. How did this woman give her offering?
I. SHE GAVE HER MOST EXPENSIVE POSSESSION (V.3).
The woman had an expensive oil or perfume, nard. Nard was the mostly costly of all fragrant oils in the world then. It was a perfume reserved for royalty and the very rich. Mark records that its value was worth “more than a year’s wages” (v.5). Nevertheless in one moment of time, this woman gave unto the LORD more than a whole year’s wages.
II. SHE WAS GENEROUS (V.3)
This woman did not pour stingily a few drops on Jesus’ head. She broke the neck of the bottle of perfume, and in a lavish manner poured all the oil on Jesus’ head. This woman like the widow in Luke 2:1-4. She gave without holding anything back.
III. SHE WAS NOT DISTRACTED (VV.4-8)
The woman closed her ears to voices that sought to distract her from giving to the Lord. Don’t allow the voices of people and circumstances hinder you from the blessing of giving.
IV. SHE WAS GREATLY REWARDED (VV.9-11)
The woman through this singular act of generous giving recorded her name for eternal memory. For everywhere the gospel is preached her name will be mentioned. She gave away her perfume and received an everlasting perfume. Unlike Judas Iscariot who desires to receive, this woman on the other hand gave unto the Lord (vv.10-11). Today this woman is fondly remembered while Judas is not.
How will you be remembered?