Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Pure Devotion

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

What was it that led two women named Mary to the tomb of Jesus? It doesn’t appear that their hearts were filled with hope of seeing Jesus alive. For sure, they weren’t expecting a visit from heavenly beings. So, what was it? I’d like to offer it was duty. Pure, unadulterated devotion. They went with strips of cloth and spices in hand to finish the work of wrapping the body of Jesus for His proper burial. What could they possibly expect in return? What could the corpse of Jesus offer them? The women find their way to the tomb of Jesus to give—pure and simple.

I can think of no motivation more noble than that. Service, stimulated by duty, with no expectation of return. You know what that sounds like to me? True discipleship! 

Their’s was a task that just needed to be done. I wonder if somewhere between their home and the tomb they didn’t stop for a moment and ask, “Why isn’t Peter doing this? Or James? Or John?” I wonder if they weren’t tempted to throw up their arms in frustration and say, “Why are we doing this? Shouldn’t Bartholomew be showing some leadership here!” 

I’m glad they didn’t quit. How tragic it would have been for them, mostly because we know something they didn’t know. They weren’t alone and unnoticed. And, as it is in most cases, in going to give, they receive!

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17

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