Thursday, October 20, 2011
Your Alabaster Box
And when Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, 7 a woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table. 8 But when His disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste? 9 For this fragrant oil might have been sold for much and given to the poor.”
10 But when Jesus was aware of it, He said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a good work for Me.
I love this story and I love the song that was made by a famous christian singer. When I read the scriptures I love how she loved and honored the Messiah! When you dig deep into this you will see that in this box, belonged very expensive perfume. You also find that this was her lifeline. This was her life's savings so to speak. She had something valuable in the box and the beauty of this story is that she gave all she had all her savings to Jesus. Without hesitation she decided that she wanted to give her all to Jesus The Christ. She knew the price, she knew what she was loosing out on, but he meant more to her than the oil in her alabaster box.
My questions to you is, do you know what is in your alabaster box? And is it keeping you from God? Do those items mean more than God? Do you feel that you can give those things up for him? This woman was giving her all to Jesus. She knew that what she had in that flask could not do what Jesus could do for her. That expensive perfume could not make her as rich as he could. I could image what Jesus was feeling when he saw that this woman could care for him this much.
Ladies I encourage you to love God the way we love our alabaster box. The alabaster box for us can mean all sorts of things. The things that we do not want to give up because we want them for keeps or because they are too valuable to just give away and not get anything in return. God is willing to give his son to us forever and his promise of eternal life if we will give up the things in our alabaster box.
This woman Mary broke this box open. She knew that she was not going to try and go back once she gave it to him. We have to break those things that keep us from God. Don't just bring them to the table but totally destroy them.
Jesus said this act that she did was beautiful, because someone gave something so dear to them up for his love. See this woman was smart. She invested her life savings into the one who can give increase. Increase on what she already had, increase on her knowledge of him, increase on dealing with whatever she may have been dealing with. Don't spend your days pouring your life without measure into a little treasure box that you thought you have found. What you will find in giving those items up is Jesus, the way, the truth and the life.