“While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.” Mark 14:3
Jesus was at a home of Simon the Leper visiting and eating with him. The interesting thing is that Simon was a leper, normally a despised, shunned person. Jesus will meet with anyone who welcomes Him.
Then, a woman comes up with an alabaster jar of pure nard. This was a very expensive jar with very expensive perfume. She does something that is crazy–she breaks the jar and pours the perfume on Jesus head.
The breaking of the jar shows that there is no going back to use it. This guarantees the perfume has to be used immediately or it will be wasted.
Instead of using that perfume on herself, she pours it out on the head of Jesus. Some around her were mad at the way she used the perfume. Jesus commended her.
How does this affect us today? Look at what you have. Look at both the physical and non-physical things you have. What are you doing with them?
Most people hoard what they have to themselves. They use the perfume to make themselves smell good to others. They use the alabaster jar to look good to others. It is a show-piece of how well they are doing.
As valuable as those things were to the woman, she knew she had something better in Jesus. Those things were worthless compared to having Jesus. They were worth pouring out and giving them all to Jesus.
Too often, people keep these things stored up. It looks and sounds good, but has no meaning in light of eternity.
What are you willing to give up for Jesus? What are you willing to give Him today? Give everything you have to Jesus today. It will be worth it in the end.
I pray today that God will guide you in what to give; that you will know the value of giving everything to God; that you will not hoard anything God has blessed you with; and that God will show you how to use what you have to build His kingdom.