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Inside Out

Image shows a woman wearing a black cardigan over a pink top

A couple of weeks ago in a prayer meeting somebody called me a cardigan. And I wasn’t offended! I had been sharing how I felt my health limitations combined with recent demands on my time and energy had left me feeling deeply unsettled. I couldn’t clearly see what my role was to be going forward, in church particularly, where other changes are taking place. Good, exciting changes, but changes that we are having to adapt to. At the moment that I was sharing another friend entered the room and took off her coat to reveal that she had been wearing her cardigan inside out all morning. We laughed with her, but then another friend turned to me and said, ‘You are like that cardigan. Even though it looks a bit different being inside out, it still works. It still kept her warm.’ It really encouraged me. Sometimes we don’t feel we are the same people when circumstances mean we can’t do what we used to do. But God might just be turning us inside out, showing others a different aspect of us, changing our own perspective. We are still cardigans!


I am reading a book at the moment, which I will be doing a fuller review on in time. Valuable, by Liz Carter, will be published in June 2023, and I an honored to be reading a pre-publication copy. One of the main messages the book tackles is the whole issue of ‘usefulness’. The narrative that we accept that says that somehow our value to others, and even to God Himself, is tied up with how useful we are. What we can do or achieve. When in fact God sees us as valuable even in our weakness and uselessness. It is a great book and has made me think deeply as to how we are so quick to judge others by their jobs, callings or giftings. Rather than to value them as God does, just for being them.

A Good Work

In the week leading up to Easter I re-read the story of Christ’s passion. This time as I was reading Matthew’s account one verse hit me like never before. The story is beautiful and probably familiar (Matthew 26 : 6 -13) Within hours of Jesus’ betrayal and arrest, whilst He is at the home of Simon the Leper, a woman comes with an alabaster jar of costly perfume and pours it all over Him. It is an act of adoration and worship. An act of love, the fragrance of which stayed with Jesus as He faced the agony of rejection and crucifixion. But it was Jesus’ words that stood out to me anew. When His disciples criticised her extravagant waste, He said “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a good work for Me.”  ( Matthew 26:10)

The word ‘WORK’ leapt out of the page. I even went back to the Greek, and yes the word Jesus used of that woman’s act of worship, was the word ergon – that means work, task, employment, accomplishment. How often do we believe we have to do some great work for Christ, to be useful and fruitful to make Him pleased with us. All that woman did was pour perfume and love all over Him. Sure it was costly, and sacrificial, but it was her genuine heartfelt response to her Saviour. And He honoured her for it.

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Pour out our Love

It is still mind blowing to me that Jesus called her love act ‘work’. And it is something that I will have to continue to meditate on in the days going forward. As I think about who I am, what I can do or not do. What roles I will take going forward. Perhaps the very best work I can do for Jesus is to just sit at His feet and pour my love over Him. And it doesn’t necessarily mean that I should do nothing else. But that what I do actually do for Him should flow out of that love response, rather than the quest for approval. Maybe, just maybe, it is enough for Him, for me to worship and adore Him, and to revel in His love for me. It is good work enough.

Joy Margetts is a published author and blogger. Her books are works of Christian Historical fiction. Set in medieval Wales against the backdrop of Cistercian abbey life, they tell stories of faith, hope and God’s redemptive power. Her debut novel ‘The Healing‘ was published by Instant Apostle on 19 March 2021. Joy has also self- published a short novella, ‘The Beloved‘ as both a companion to ‘The Healing‘, and as an easy to read standalone story, which is available to buy on Amazon Kindle.

The Pilgrim‘, her second full length novel, was published by Instant Apostle on 22 July 2022

More information on Joy, and her books can be found here

10 thoughts on “A GOOD WORK”

  1. Thank you Joy, for another thought provoking reflection. Often it’s those seemingly small gestures of love, that mean the most to people. I know they do to me. I hope the way forward becomes clearer for you very soon. Take care 😊 x

  2. I wouldn’t have thought of that act of worship as work either – amazing. It makes me think of John 6:29, where Jesus said the work of God is to believe in the One He has sent.
    We’re going through a time of change at church at the moment too, as the elders search for a new pastor. Hope your changes aren’t too unsettling.

  3. I particularly loved this one, Joy, having felt like an inside out cardigan myself this week! Thank you.
    How refreshing too, to find that while worship is ‘work’, it’s not the laborious, exhausting sort; but a task that refuels as it replenishes.

    1. I’m so glad it resonated with you. Yes worship work is unique. We just need to learn to do it more and that it is the place of power that enables us to do whatever else He asks of us. I need to remember it is the best work.

  4. Hi Joy

    Your blog certainly rang a few bells with me. I have been feeling like a waste of space recently and wondering why the Lord still leaves me here. However, things are beginning to pan out now, having changed churches in the last three months, which probably accounts for some of my unusual feelings. I am reading through Deuteronomy at present and when I read Ch. 7:6 it really spoke to me. ‘A people set apart”. I know it refers to the Children of Israel but it seemed to resonate with me that we are a people set apart, being grafted in to that olive tree, along with the Jews. God does not always answer our prayers straight away but it is a gradual awakening as to what He wants us to do and why we are here in the first place. He does have a place for us and a part to play in the Body of Christ and we just have to wait His time until He is ready and opens our eyes to see what is just in front of us. So many thanks for your comments.

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