Fresh Hope – 31st May 2017

From time to time, we all face undeserved criticism. On occasions, it comes when we offer our best to the Lord and our good intentions are misunderstood or even ridiculed by those  who don’t get us.

One such event in the Bible, describes a woman who took a bottle of precious perfume and poured it on Jesus’ head as He reclined at the table. There is no record of any great results coming from this loving gesture. No lives were saved, no converts were made, and nothing measurable was obtained. Worse still, the woman was scolded for her actions by those sitting around the table. Her efforts were viewed as extravagant, unreasonable, and irresponsible. Jesus, however, thought otherwise. His commendation for this woman’s loving sacrifice was astonishing. In His mind, it deserved to be memorialized—He said, “What she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” (Matt. 26:13 NIV).

Do you sometimes wonder how much God is noticing our efforts to please Him? At times, some of our greatest sacrifices seem to bring nothing but misunderstanding or even criticism from our family and friends. Voices from others—and even from within our own heart—rise up to condemn us for godly choices that now seem to be incapacitating us.

Don’t worry, Jesus knows the depths of our soul, and sees and understands the torment we face. He hears the condemning voices of our accusers. When our sacrifices for Jesus make little sense to the selfish world around us, it’s God’s commendation that really matters and He will be your reward.

Pastor Mark

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