DO WHAT YOU CAN

Andy Hollifield 5-15-18

Mark 14:8 She hath done what she could: she is come beforehand to anoint my body to the burying.

Luke 21:2-3 And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites. (3) And he said, Of a truth, I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all: (4) For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.

I know I have written on this subject before, but the events of this past weekend in my life have once again brought to the forefront of my mind, the importance of doing what you can do. Romans 12:6 says that we have different gifts given to us according to the grace of God. That means that no one can do your part. In the time that the story of the widow’s mite took place, a mite was a small brass coin worth about one fifth of a cent. So 2 mites would equal forty percent of a penny. Can you imagine that? This woman may have even been embarrassed to even put in such a small amount but she may have just been determined to give unto the Lord. Do you think that those brass coins sounded a little different from the gold coins when they hit the collection plate? Everyone may have even heard that “plink” echoing throughout the temple and some of the phariseeical people may have even wondered “How dare someone bring no more than that to the temple?” In my mind, the woman may not have even known the Lord, and probably didn’t know he was standing there watching. She also probably never knew that the Lord had used her to teach his disciples a lesson in giving.

That is kind of how this whole “doing what you can” thing is supposed to be done anyway isn’t it? Just quietly and discreetly. She didn’t announce that she was there or that she was going to be putting anything into the offering plate. She just went and did what she could. It wasn’t the great amount that others may have given, but it was all that she had. That is all that Jesus wants from us is to just do what we can and not worry about what anyone else has to say about it.

That is what I like about the woman anointing Jesus in Bethany at Simon the Leper’s house during a meal. She walked in, not caring about what anyone thought. You have to understand the way they ate meals according to customs of the day. They would all gather around a small table and lay in a prone position while they were eating. This would have made it possible for her to walk up behind him and pour the oil over his head. Although her efforts seemed like a big waste of money and oil, Jesus declared that it was a great work and it would be for her for a memorial. Other than the outrage of Judas about what he considered a waste, we don’t really read anything else specific about the events or actions of anyone else except this lady.

That all brings up a question; What can you do? This weekend taught me a lot of things. To begin with, had it not been for the efforts and actions of that one man, Mr. Harmon, doing his little part, we would have had a really tough time and may have even had to resort to having the truck towed. His effort brought the help that was needed. His gesture of letting my wife and son sit in his truck with the A/C running was far beyond a simple offer of hospitality. My wife is diabetic and had she of gotten dehydrated and her blood sugar gone low as it is prone to do at times. That would have put my son in a panic as well as me and would have made a bad situation a whole lot worse real fast. Thankfully, because Mr. Harmon just did what he could do, we were able to get the belt and get the truck fixed and back home. The moral of this story is simple: Just do what you can. God doesn’t require us to do someone else’s part but just our own. You never know when God is going to use your little part as an example and maybe even use you to be a rescuer for a family in dire circumstances. Just do what you can. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

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