Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her."
The simple act of Mary anointing Jesus’ body with that single jar of perfume has made her name known throughout all the world, just as Jesus promised in this passage. She had influence. Another woman in the Bible known for her influence was Dorcus. You can read her story in Acts 9:32-43. Dorcas had tremendous influence. Because of her life of service to the poor her name became known all over her city. Even now, centuries later, around the world her name is known. Best of all, because of her life’s influence “many people believed in the Lord.” Not only did they glean from her good deeds, they also found eternal salvation in our Lord Jesus.
We all have the opportunity to influence others – for good or bad – whether we realize it or not. We have all been given gifts for the purpose of influencing the world for Christ. It makes me think: what am I doing that is even remotely influential?
One of the primary reasons God leaves us on earth after we receive the Savior is to demonstrate flesh-and-blood proof that Christ lives. We are set-apart from dead religion because we have a living Redeemer. As living stones, do our lives expose an empty tomb and a living, thriving, personal God? Are we proof God lives?
To really live we need a passion for Jesus and our purpose is to serve Him. Passion and purpose fulfill more of our human needs than health or wealth. Plenty of healthy and wealthy people feel dead, meaningless, and hopeless. We represent hope to people who may have given up on finding real life. We are stones rolled away, giving them a glance into the empty tomb. We provide evidence that Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life. Do yourself and your neighbors a great big favor. Don’t wait for death to really live. Tell God you want to be a neon sign of life – lingering proof of the resurrection.”
“Here’s another way to put it: you’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this.” – Jesus Christ, Matthew 5:14 (The Message).
- Who has made an eternal impact on you? Have you ever thanked them?
- Name three people whom you have regular contact with. Are you influencing them in the way of Christ?