Read: Mark 16:1-6
Isaac's wife Rebekah overheard Isaac's request for his son Esau to go and make a delectable venison feast for him to eat so that he (Isaac) may bless him, and she took advantage of the distance between their tents and the field where Esau the hunter would gather the bush meat. She also took advantage of the close proximity of her tent to her son's flock - Jacob the shepherd boy – to swiftly cook a dinner for Jacob. Rebekah and her son Jacob benefited from Rebekah's fast response to Isaac's desire.
If there is one thing to take away from this fascinating narrative, it is the importance of being on time. When it comes to making contributions to God or doing good things for our neighbors, many of us are far too slow. Our ostensibly good deeds are sometimes belated. When his father was hospitalized, a wealthy man's nephew came to him for financial assistance. This wealthy man did not reply promptly, and by the time he decided to assist, the sick man had passed away in the hospital due to a lack of medical attention. The wealthy man took the money to the hospital, only to discover that the sick man had died just a few hours before.
Some objected to the "waste" when the woman who anointed Jesus Christ at Bethany did what she did, but Jesus scolded them and explained the value of what she did. "She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying," Mark 14:8.
When Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome arrived to anoint the body of Jesus Christ on the morning of his resurrection, they returned with the costly sweet perfume unused because it was a belated gesture; Jesus had risen! The only perfume Jesus wore until His death was the one that a woman applied to Him just before His arrest and execution. You will not make a belated offering to God in Jesus' name during this season.
According to Galatians 6:10, we must constantly be ready to do good: "As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good vnto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith." To be useful and appreciated, good deeds are required, and these deeds must be time-bound. Look around you to discover whether your Church or neighborhood has any areas of need. Make the decision to address these needs before it's too late.
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