I LOVE when God gives us new perspective on something familiar! The woman who washed the feet of Jesus with her tears and hair and poured the perfume on Him is familiar. It is a story I’ve read and thought of many times, but today, God overwhelmed me with something new, something deeper.
Matthew, Mark, and John all share this story, but Mark gives a detail that I have skipped over before and not given much thought. I have missed it before, but today it jumped off the page and hit me with such force it almost took my breath away and made me gasp. The end of Mark 14:3 “She broke the jar and poured the perfume on His head.” She broke the jar! She couldn’t save even a drop of the perfume for herself. No putting the cap back on and using some later. No keeping just a little bit for herself or even getting more later. The jar was broken and useless now for anything other than pouring the oil on Jesus- every drop!
I want my life to be like this! I don’t want to hold anything back for myself. It is ALL for Jesus- every drop. I don’t want to be tempted to keep anything for myself. In my flesh, I might want to save a little, set some aside just in case, but that’s not what we are called to do. Jesus deserves ALL of me. In order to live with this kind of love and devotion, I must break the jar, the very thing that would be most valuable to me, and give Him everything I am and everything I have. My thoughts, my time, my devotion, my praise- it is all His! I am already a broken vessel, but I am still useful and can pour out my love and praise on Him not because I have anything beautiful or wonderful to offer, but because He is worthy. My broken box of emptiness and worthlessness becomes full of His glory when I give it to Him!
Lord, forgive me for being selfish with my time and stingy with my gifts for you! Help me not only pour out my life to you, but break the jar, break anything and everything that would keep me from loving You completely and with all I am. I love You Lord- teach me to love You even more!
This video of the song The Alabaster Box by CeCe Winans is beautiful- please watch it and just let the love of Jesus wash over you as you pour your love on Him!