"Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her." - Mark 14:9
Legacies are built on convictions. When you align your values and principles to your convictions your life's work may last for generations.
Most companies last for 20 years. They are sold or closed before they turn 30. Caswell-Massey, a beauty and fragrance company founded in 1752, is one the oldest American companies that is still in business today. The company is known for pure and original quality, comprehensive guarantees, and unparalleled customer service.
The focus of the eighth sermon in the Live Like Jesus series is legacy. Be Accountable. What do you want to leave behind? Declare how you have heard, seen and experienced God's mighty and wonderful works to your children. God's story, entwined in your story, is a testimony of this generation, and a legacy for the generations to come. Leaving such a legacy is important, so that the children who will be born may arise and declare the mighty work of God to their children.
In this sermon we will closely follow Jesus - in Mark 14:1-9- to study how He interacted with a woman with an expensive jar of oil, and how His disciples reacted to her actions, in the house of Simon the leper at Bethany.
MARY'S LEGACY: Her Devotion Will Be Told As A Memorial Wherever The Gospel Is Preached.
WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM MARY?
- ANTICIPATION (Action)
"And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as He sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard." - Mark 14:3a
Mary Built Her Legacy On Her Conviction
"And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard His word." - Luke 10:39
Mary believed that Jesus was the Messiah.
She aligned her values and priorities based on her conviction.
"Then she broke the flask and poured it on His head." - Mark 14:3b
Mary Built Her Legacy On Her Anticipation
"The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day." - Luke 9:22
Mary believed Jesus would die for the sins of the world.
She anticipated the death of Christ and acted on what she believed.
"She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint My body for burial. Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her." - Mark 14:8-9
Mary Built Her Legacy On Her Devotion
"And Jesus answered and said to her, 'Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.'" - Luke 10:41-42
Mary believed Jesus was the resurrection.
She devoted her life to Jesus.
Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon, did not build his legacy on capital alone: he built his legacy on 14 leadership principles.
"The greatest legacy one can pass on to one's children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one's life, but rather a legacy of character and faith." - Billy Graham
"We will not hide them from their children, Telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, And His strength and His wonderful works that He has done. That the generation to come might know them, The children who would be born, That they may arise and declare them to their children." - Psalms 78:4-6