“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
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 about 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. The 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 lives, 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 aid. 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).
“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 🙂
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6 thoughts on ““When the Precious is Poured””
“Alabaster Box” has been my testimony song ever since I first heard it. However, today as I read this post, I realize that I have “worn” it…like dirty undies.
“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.”
changed the soiled garments to ones of praise, hope, light, and love. I will never sing that song with the same mind again. Thank you so much!
I will forever love that song for bringing praise in as an ointment poured out for Christ. I wouldn’t change one bit of it. I used to sing it with tears in my eyes. But I also love the fact of us pouring out our best to serve Him and those around us. It becomes a living testimony for all to see. Jesus, in a few verses after that said, “Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her,” (Matthew 26:13, KJV). What she did is still known today and is still drawing men and woman to give their best to bless the Lord and others. Sometimes this is the only evidence the world may see of the love we have inside being poured out through serving.
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Loved this! It’s so wonderful to give Jesus all we have and see how He will use it to bless others.:) Great post!
Thank you 🙂