Have you ever considered
what kind of legacy you will leave
when your time is up
and you take your last breath?
Will you be known for curing
some horrific disease,
like Covid, Cancer or AIDS?
Will you be known for creating peace
between warring nations
like Iran and Israel?
When it’s time for you to die,
what will people remember you by?
Will you be so successful
that you will leave behind
lots of money?
Will you gift a hospital
or some other important building
to your community or your children?
What will you have done for God?
What will your reward be
in the kingdom of Heaven?
Will you be known
for your outstanding preaching -
reaching large crowds in big stadiums?
Will you be like a Billy Graham?
Maybe your name will be known
all across the globe, for ‘miracle crusades’
and carry on the spirit of Benny Hinn?
What kind of memory
do you think God wants you to leave?
Does is need to be something big,
or can it be something small?
Can it be a memory based on humility?
Like loving a leper, washing feet,
or preparing people for burial.
Just maybe - your legacy will be
even more important than
creating a name for yourself.
Maybe the memory that you leave
will be like the woman who has no name -
but loved Jesus with all her heart.
Maybe you will be lucky enough
to have a name, like
“the woman with the alabaster jar.”
I want to be a woman
who has no name;
I want to be remembered
for dying to self at the Altar of God.
I want to be a woman
known for pouring out
all of the expensive Words
that were given to her by God;
I want to offer myself
at the Table of the Lord.
“While Jesus was in Bethany
in the home of Simon the Leper,
a woman came to him
with an alabaster jar
of very expensive perfume,
which she poured on his head
as he was reclining at the table.
When the disciples saw this,
they were indignant.
“Why this waste?” they asked.
“This perfume could have been sold
at a high price
and the money given to the poor.”
Aware of this, Jesus said to them,
“Why are you bothering this woman?
She has done a beautiful thing to me.
The poor you will always
have with you,
but you will not always have me.
When she poured this perfume
on my body,
she did it to prepare me for burial.
Truly I tell you,
wherever this gospel is preached
throughout the world,
what she has done will also be told,
in memory of her.”