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“There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat,” Matthew 26:7, KJV
“If you are always keeping blessings to yourself and never learning to pour out anything “to the Lord,” other people will never have their vision of God expanded through you,” – Oswald Chambers (My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers Publications Ltd., September 3, © 1992)
Each of us possesses the precious. Each of us has within our being an ointment of appreciation to our Lord. Each of us carries the sense that without Him we are nothing, therefore, what I do have I pour out for Him.
Much of our culture is self-seeking. But God is asking for flags of surrender to be waved for service. That we give up and pour out all for Him. That we show the world a thing or two about true love; true appreciation to a Savior who poured out all for us.
Do I mean empty your bank accounts? That’s not what I am speaking of here. I’m talking of service. Good examples of selfless service are hard to find in our age. The way for many to see something beautiful in Christian service is blocked by the hoarding of blessings to oneself. Gain for self has dimmed a light that once so richly shone. Self has taken place on a pedestal that it was not meant to mount.
Jesus calls us to the service of this woman who gave up her best to bless. When was the last time we gave up our best to bless others? When was the last time we put our wants and desires on the back burner and put the thoughts and cares of others in the forefront?
Despite scathing ridicule, the woman unashamedly approached Jesus with her expensive, yet still inadequate gift. You see, for all He did for us, no gift can repay. The costliest of earthly possessions and service can’t scratch the surface of reward for what He accomplished on the cross. Yet, we are compelled to press forth and give our best.
“In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works . . .,” (Titus 2:7, KJV). It’s time for a new pattern to be laid. The foundation of self has to dissipate and new groundwork needs to be founded on who He is in our life and all that He has already done. It’s time to show the world a different lifestyle. A life built on pouring out.
When we pour out for Jesus, the preciousness within us becomes evident. Man can then see the good that was once hidden. He can see the difference that was once disguised. When we release the precious that is in us we become vessels that honor the Lord; for it was on the cross when He poured out the precious for us.
The world needs a visual aide. When they see us break the box and release the preciousness of good works inside, they will “glorify your Father which is in heaven,” (Matthew 5:16, KJV). As Oswald Chambers put it, they will “have their vision of God expanded through you.”
“That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life,” (1 Timothy 6:18-19, KJV)
Look for a way to bless others today and to pour out into their lives. God bless you 🙂