God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister— Heb. 6: 10.
No child of the Lord should be content to let the days of the present harvest time go by with their golden opportunities for service and co-operation without seeking each day to lift the royal banner himself, and publicly to show forth the praises of Him who has called him out of darkness into light, or without assisting and co operating with others whom the Lord in His providence has placed in more advantageous positions for public service.
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The work and labor flowing out of love, which the saints perform for the development and perfection of one another in Christlikeness, should primarily be shown for His name, for the glory of God; and such work and labor of love—marvelous thought!—God owns with appreciation, and thus His justice forbids His forgetting the same.
Parallel passages: Prov. 14: 31; 22: 9; 28: 27; 31: 20; Matt. 10: 40-42; 18: 5, 6; Acts 11: 29; 24: 17; Rom. 12: 13; 15: 25, 26; 2Cor. 8, 9; 1Thes. 1: 3, 6, 7; 2Tim. 1: 18.
Questions: What were this week's experiences as to the text? How were they undergone? What were their results?
"SHE HATH DONE WHAT SHE COULD"
THE Feast was spread at Simon's house, and as
they sat at meat,
A woman came and silent stood within the open
Close pressed against her throbbing heart an alabaster
Of purest spikenard, costly, rare, she held. With modest
She dreaded to attract the curious gaze of those
And yet her well-beloved Friend was there, her
With wondrous intuition she divined that this might
Her last, her only opportunity to show her love;
She thought of all that He had done for her, the
She spent enraptured at His feet, unmindful of all
If only she might hear those words of Truth, those
words of Life.
She thought of that dark hour when Lazarus lay
within the tomb
And how He turned her night to day, her weeping
Her fair face flushed, with deepening gratitude her
pure eyes shone;
With swift, light step she crossed the crowded room.
She bravely met
Those questioning eyes (for Love will find its way
through paths where lions
Fear to tread); with trembling hands she broke the
seal and poured
The precious contents of the box upon her Savior's
And all the house was filled with fragrance wonderful
She could not speak, her heart's devotion was too
deep, her tears
Fell softly, while she took her chiefest ornament, her
And silken hair and wiped His sacred feet,—when
A rude voice broke the golden silence with, "What
waste! this might
Have sold for much, to feed the poor!" She lower
bent her head—
To her it seemed so mean a gift for love so great to
Again a voice re-echoed through the room, her
(He half arose and gently laid His hand upon her
And how it thrilled her fainting heart to hear Him
"Rebuke her not, for she hath wrought a good work,
what she could;
Aforehand, to anoint Me for my burying, she hath
and this her deed of love throughout the ages shall
How oft since first I read the story of this saint of old,
My own poor heart hath burned with fervent, longing,
That I might thus have ministered unto my Lord and
"The chiefest of ten thousand, altogether lovely One."
And now, to learn—oh! precious thought, 'tis not
too late, I still
May pour Love's priceless ointment on "the members"
of His Feet!
Dear Lord, I pray, oh! help me break with sacrificial
The seal of Self, and pour the pent-up odors of my
Upon Thy "Feet!" Oh! Let me spend my days and
nights in toil,
That I, perchance, may save from needless wandering,
To keep them in the narrow way that leads to light
Oh! let me lay within their trembling hands a rose of
A lily's pure and holy inspiration on their breast!
Dear Master, let me kneel with them in dark
Oh! help me boldly stand and meekly bear the scoffs
Of cruel, mocking tongues! Oh! may I count no
cost, e'en life
Itself, too great to serve, to bless, to comfort Thy
And when the last drop of my heart's devotion hath
Oh, may I hear Thy sweet voice say, "She hath done
what she could!"
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