“She has done a beautiful thing to me. For you will always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me.” Mark 14:7
In this passage of Scripture, an unnamed woman anoints Jesus with the costly ointment called nard. Many of the people around him complain, finding this to be a waste of money. After all, couldn’t the nard have been sold and the money given to those in real need? Jesus rebukes them. Evidently a grand gesture is sometimes appropriate. Sometimes we’re called to give a gift simply to show our love for a particular person. A gift like this is pure grace.
It doesn’t need to be monetary — it might be the gift of forgiving a friend or relative for a great wrong; it might be giving time to take over a task that is burdening a neighbor; it might be an act of kindness to a complete stranger. The point is it’s good to sometimes give what’s unexpected, and even unnecessary. After all, doesn’t God give us gifts like this every day? Don’t we get not just the things we need, but things that make life beautiful, interesting and fun? God’s grace rains down on us, and we should spread that love and grace around!
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of Gods’ varied grace …” 1 Peter 4:10
What are some gifts of grace you’ve received? I’d love to hear those stories.