Doing What She Could

Doing What She Could

Do you ever wonder if you're "doing" this Christian life correctly? If you're doing enough? Oh please don't get me wrong, I am in NO way suggesting that salvation is based upon our works.

Salvation is based solely upon the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

But after salvation, due to our love for our Saviour, we will desire by faith to walk in His ways. To serve Him and others through our time, talents and treasures.

We only get one go around at this life here on earth, and I'm sure as a believer you desire for your life to bring honor and glory to the Kingdom of God. To make a difference!

So often I find myself asking,

"Am I truly using my time, talents and treasures wisely for the Lord and for others?"

"Living in a way that others see Christ in me?"

"Helping others to see their need of a Saviour?"



BUT by what standard am I using in judging my service to the Lord and towards others?

By the opinion of other people and what they think?

By my own judgement?

Or by what the Lord says in His Word and by what the Holy Spirit impresses upon my heart?

If I depend upon what others think or say or even by my own thinking, then I'll always be on the quest to find that perfect golden ring, that act of service just beyond my reach.

And guess


will happen?

I'll find myself attempting to do acts of service for the Lord and for others I was never meant to do. This in turn will end up causing loads of frustration, much heartache and even greater disappointment.

However, tucked away in Mark is a verse that gives great comfort, peace and reassurance. 

"She hath done what she could"
Mark 14:8

Let's back up and set the scene for this verse.

While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the leper, a woman entered the house carrying a very expensive and precious alabaster box containing spikenard.

Spikenard is the root of an Indian plant and is distinguished by having many hairy spikes shooting out from one root. The ointment prepared from the root was highly valued. Spikenard symbolized the very best in ancient cultures.

The woman approached Jesus, broke the box and poured the ointment on His head.

Some of those in the house became extremely irritate with the woman, murmuring because all they could see was the huge waste of money in using the ointment the way in which she did.

But Jesus spoke up and said, 

"Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me."
Mark 14:6

"She hath done what she could."
Mark 14:8

You can read the full account in Mark 14:1-9

Here is something VERY interesting to take note of:

The woman entered the home without speaking a word.

She didn’t announce what she was going to do.

She gave no description as she did it.

She gave no explanation for her actions afterwards.

Most of all, she was not swayed by those accusing her of wasting money.

She simply

did what

she came

to do.

And that

was to




her Saviour!

"Let us labor in our service for the Lord to be more and more hidden; as much as the proud desire to catch the eye of man, let us endeavor to avoid it."
Charles Spurgeon






Okay back to our story!

Jesus gave the woman the highest compliment for her sacrifice by saying,

"She hath wrought a good work on me."

"She hath done what she could."

God expects no more from us than what we are able to do, and that will be different for each and every believer.

Every believer is capable of serving the Lord in some capacity.

Some in the public eye.

Some behind the scenes.

Some making a difference in many lives.

Some affecting just one or two lives.

Some preaching sermons.

Some praying for those preaching the sermons.

Some living in foreign lands serving as missionaries.

Some giving money to support the missionaries.

Some making meals for shut-ins or those recovering from hospital stays.

Some sending encouraging text messages or cards to the shut-ins or those recovering from hospital stays.

YES, of course new doors of opportunities to serve the Lord and others will come into your life, but always make sure, through prayer, that you're following the leading of the Holy Spirit and not just acting on a whim.

We cannot



we created

to do

it ALL!

My friend, please take comfort knowing if you are serving the Lord with all your heart and doing EXACTLY what the Lord has called you to do, then you can put away all questions and doubts and rest assured knowing the Lord is saying to you,

"She hath wrought a good work in me."

"She hath done what she could."

"Father, thank You for allowing us the privilege of serving You and others. Thank You, as well, that we never need to put ourselves in a place of competition or comparison with one another. You know each of us personally and the intents of our hearts. You recognize when we are truly doing what we are able and we thank You for giving us the reassurance that it is indeed acceptable in Your sight. Father, we love You and give You all our praise.
In the most worthy and holy Name of Jesus, Amen."


If you have been helped by this post and think it could be helpful to someone you know, please share this post on the social network of your choice for me.

All you have to do is click one of the buttons below.

May God Bless You,



  • Linda

    November 28, 2018 at 11:14 pm Reply

    A great post, Barb, and very encouraging for all your readers, I'm sure. I've never noticed Mark 14:8 before - thank you for drawing my attention to it! And I love the quote basically saying God calls us to be us, not the other person. Now that I am older, I know I often feel I am not doing enough - it's easy to feel useless. But God has never finished with a person, doesn't write someone off because of their youth or their older age! Thank you, Barb, you have inspired me to look into a couple of avenues! Love you, my sister in Christ and my friend - I thank God for aligning our paths so that we would meet. Lots of love and hugs from across the seas.

    • Barb

      November 29, 2018 at 11:30 am Reply

      Oh my sweet friend how I rejoice and give thanks unto the Lord for how He used the words HE gave me to write to be a blessing and encouragement to you ❤ I was so excited to read that you have several opportunities you will be looking into. I will be praying along with you concerning these opportunities ❤ With every post I write and every comment you write, I grow to love and appreciate you even more ❤ Love you my dear friend and sending you loads of hugs across the ocean ❤

  • Elaine

    November 29, 2018 at 1:24 pm Reply

    Dear Barb, you hit the nail on the head with this blog. And the perfect song to end it. No matter who we are or what we do, when done for him and his glory, God will take it and make it MUCH!!! Praise the Lord, it does not depend on us, because as we die to self the LORD is in control.❣️

    • Barb

      November 30, 2018 at 9:59 pm Reply

      My sweet friend, Elaine, thank you so very much for your words of encouragement, but of course I give ALL the glory, honor and praise to the Lord ❤❤ I had no words for this post and was planning on taking a "vacation" from writing for an indefinite amount of time, BUT GOD gave the words! He is so very faithful! Love and appreciate you ❤

  • Zebra4Jesus

    December 2, 2018 at 7:09 am Reply

    Dear Barb,
    I was once more encouraged to keep doing what I can!! So often the expectations of others around me can leave me feeling SO overwhelmed, so useless, so guilty for being ill and not able to keep after like I want to. But I am reminded to once more rest in Jesus and His expectations. To do what I can and leave the rest to God. My dear fellow zebra, I am praying for you!!! I pray God gives you strength to walk in His ways MN and strength to keep writing such encouragement. Hang in dear sister. Thanks for your encouragement once again. Keep clinging to His hand. HUGS and PRAYERS, Your Fellow Zebra

    • Zebra4Jesus

      December 2, 2018 at 7:11 am Reply

      Sorry about the typo. Not sure where the MN came from.

      • Barb

        December 3, 2018 at 2:18 pm Reply

        My fellow Zebra and sweet friend, I am praising the Lord for the encouragement you received from the words which HE gave to me to share. I will tell you honestly that this post almost never came to be! I came very close to announcing this week that I was taking a break from writing for an indefinite amount of time. I wasn't feeling well. I had no words to share for this week. I felt blah and was in a pity party! BUT GOD had other plans, and I'm so very thankful He did! I read a devotional based on Mark 14:8 which has become a favorite of mine ever since I became sick because it reminds me that the Lord knows the intent of my heart and He also knows when I am "doing what I could!" So needless to say, the Lord gave me the words for this post and I had absolute joy in writing it. He also has laid upon my heart for the month of December to share some famous Christmas sings and the history behind them! I'm so excited about it ❤
        Thank you so very much for being a very special blessing and encouragement to me.
        Thank you, as well, for your prayers. ❤
        I love and greatly appreciate you ❤❤❤
        No worries about the typo!!

Post a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Skip to toolbar