We wonder if doing what we do is enough. The world already has us worrying if we are enough or being enough.
In considering how our work may seem to be a meagre offering, we can become decidedly discouraged, caught up in comparison or snared by jealousy.
Writers can easily become trapped like this. We feel judged on our latest blog post/article/book and how well or otherwise it seems to be received.
And in failing to appreciate the originality of our own offering, the answer appears to be to produce more, write more, speak more, have a larger platform to be seen on.
Along the way we can lose sight of our God-given calling, fail to see our worth and value in God’s eyes.
[bctt tweet=”Because we are all called for a specific God-given purpose, gifted with unique opportunities”]
Your work, ability, audience and reach will look very different from mine. And that’s okay. We’re not meant to be carbon copies of one another.
Maybe we just need to see and be reminded that we are here for such a time as this.
We each have a personal divine assignment and are given grace for the mantle on our lives alone, not those of others.
I always saw the extravagant act of love which Mary performed in lavishing her alabaster jar of pure nard on Jesus as something impossible to emulate.
It felt far removed from my style of relating to God and way out of my comfort zone, even as I yearn to have a heart willing to spill its all on Him.
I’ve previously written about how Mary spent herself for Jesus’ sake, pouring out her heart so lovingly. But what I missed before in the biblical account was the words Jesus said here – (my emphasis added):
“She did what she could when she could – she pre-anointed my body for burial” – Mark 14:8 The Message
Mary had a surrendered spirit; she gave herself unreservedly to Jesus – heart, will, mind and all. Most of us won’t be required to do all that she did when her actions became sealed into Scripture.
Yet we can be encouraged by Jesus seeing her deed as “she did what she could when she could”. That’s a freeing thought for us to take on board, isn’t it?
It doesn’t mean we live in a desultory, half-hearted manner. By no means. We still press for excellence in our attitudes and behaviour, aiming to be the best we can be by God’s grace.
But having done all we can do, we don’t have to worry if it’s enough for God. He takes our ordinary words, deeds and prayers and multiplies them at His hands into extraordinary.
All God asks is that we act from a place of love, give as freely and willingly as we are able.
We can rest in giving our apparently limited little offering as an act of love and compassion for others, and as an act of love and obedience to God. Especially when we give from a heart and life willingly surrendered to Him.
We don’t have to compare or keep a tally of what others are doing. We are free to be who God created us to be.
[bctt tweet=”When we see our true worth and value in Christ, we are enabled to live with open hands and hearts”]
We can delight in giving our seemingly small offerings, because who knows what God will do with them? Each crumb can be a manna moment in the life of another. Each word and prayer can impact a life for Jesus.
Today’s post has been inspired by reading the newly released book: ‘Worth Living: How God’s Wild Love for You Makes You Worthy’ by Mary Demuth. It has impacted me tremendously and I’ll be writing more on this topic soon.