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The Woman, the Betrayer, and the Disciples: Choosing Our Actions. April 13, 2018

We choose our actions everyday. Those choices are leading us into the Kingdom of God, away from the Kingdom of God, or allowing us to miss the Kingdom of God.

In Mark 14 there is an unfolding series of actions based on choices people have made. There is the woman, the betrayer, and the disciples.

The woman anointed Jesus with oil. “She broke the jar and poured the oil on his head.” She had time. She had money. She had oil. Then she had Jesus.

There is only one action that gets us into the Kingdom of God. The woman invested into that which would not be taken from her. “She has done what was in her power to do.” Her story is told wherever the gospel is preached in remembrance of her.

The betrayer, Judas, complained. “Why this waste?” He had the complaint. He had the idea. He had the offer. Then he had the opportunity.

There are actions that lead us away from the Kingdom of God. The betrayer invested into that which he could not keep. “Better for that man if he had never been born.” He lost his life. He lost everything.

The disciples fell asleep. “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” They had a warning. They had correction. They had an assignment. Then they had no answer.

There are actions that cause us to miss the Kingdom of God. The disciples invested into that which was not currently necessary. “They could find no answer for him.” Not all was lost. God restored these scattered sheep. Their story continues to be told to this day.

There is only one action that gets us into the Kingdom of God: a choice. We choose an action in a series of actions everyday that lead us into, away from, or cause us to miss the Kingdom of God.

Father, may we choose like the woman, to do what is in our power to have Jesus. May it never be said of us, “Better they were never born.” When we choose an action that causes us to miss an the Kingdom of God, forgive us quickly and restore us.

May each choice we make be an action that is moving us into the Kingdom of God.

 

Submitted by Daniel Kassahn.

Bethany Stroup

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