Matthew 26: 7: A woman came to Him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on His head as He was reclining at the table.
This woman wanted to anoint her Lord with oil, in honor, in love and in devotion. This was an act of worship on her part. What is your act of worship? Attending church? Singing songs to Him and about Him? Giving money or reading His word? These are all good, which is our reasonable service. (Romans 12: 1)
When she came into the room the atmosphere changed. Some got angry. If you begin to worship our Lord from your particular Alabaster Box, some will get angry. Peace will come to some, encouragement to others and still others may feel envy.
This woman had to sacrifice to worship this way. It cost her something. The perfume was expensive, not to mention opening herself to public humiliation by the naysayers. Are we willing to do that? Do we love Him that much?
Think of how it pleases your husband when you cook his favorite meal, even though you’ve worked all day and are tired, or think how much he loves it when you touch his face, or give him a compliment. God gets ecstatic when we worship Him with that which costs us.
We all have that Alabaster Box. We are made up of body, soul and spirit. We pamper and powder the outward man, this body, and that’s fine, but what God wants is the precious commodity within, our soul and spirit.
Maybe you’d like to worship Him by singing a solo in church, but you are terrified. If you open your Alabaster Box, you will sing to Him, even though your palms are sweaty and your voice may quiver. When you do the room will fill with a fragrance akin to that costly perfume of sacrifice from oh so long ago. Forget those around you. The Alabaster Box kind of worship is about Him. It’s a humbling kind of worship.
God wants to take you higher and deeper. Some of you are too busy to feel God nudging you. Like after a big meal, you are too full to be hungry. Clear your spiritual plate. Clear up time and space to hear God. But others, are feeling a great hunger for the things of God. Be thrilled! He wants to take you to a place you’ve never been before. The Bridegroom is wanting to court you. That’s an old word, court. It means to be involved with romantically to the point of marriage. (You’ve surely heard of the Wedding Supper of the Lamb)?
In these last days in which we are living, you are going to need this bride for her groom kind of love in order to make it through. When my husband and I take walks, he protects me from dogs or other things that may come around. He keeps me safe. That’s what our Bridegroom Jesus will do for us, the Bride of Christ, the church.
Tune out the noise of the world. The hate, the muck and mire of our current culture. Forget it. We have a future with the lover of our souls, Jesus. He went to prepare a place for us and He is going to return to take us there. Gather close to friends of like faith. Spend time in His word and your prayer closet. Build a relationship with Him. Open your one of a kind, very special Alabaster Box, only you know what yours is, and pour it out for Him. Lavish it upon Him. Speak loving words to Him. Get to know Him, after all, you will be spending eternity together. Until next time!
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