We place a lot of focus on the big spiritual experiences in life, and if you’re like me, it’s easy to wonder why God isn’t using you in a mighty way to change the world for His kingdom.  A lesson from Mark 14:3-9 is that we should never overlook the small things.  Some who saw what the woman was doing ridiculed her and called it wasteful.  Jesus, though, knew the significance of her actions, and while we don’t know the woman’s thoughts, it is clear that she had a tender love and passion for Christ.

This event echoes that of Jesus’ visit to Mary, Martha, and Lazarus (Luke 10:38-42).  While Martha was busy working, and seeing that Mary was not, she asked Jesus to send her to work.  Jesus replied, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.  But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen the good part, which will not be taken from her.”

In our pursuit to serve, we cannot overlook devotion else our priorities are out of order.  For instance, in John 14:15, Jesus says, “If you love me keep my commandments.”  In restoring Peter, 3 times Jesus says, “Do you love me,” before calling Peter to serve John 21:15-19.

Our service should not drive our devotion.  In fact, it cannot.  Service without devotion is empty.  As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13, service without love is nothing, it profits nothing, and just creates a lot of noise (my paraphrase).  Our love and passion for Christ should drive our service.  Our full measure of devotion will then be in any act of service, regardless of size.  Besides, if Christ can take a few loaves of bread and fish and feed thousands, or take a rag-tag band of disciples and turn them into a group of men who changed the world, He can take our ”meager” acts of love and multiply them beyond anything we can imagine.