Mark 14 records the story of the woman with the alabaster jar. She poured out it’s valuable contents to honor Christ. What are you and I willing to pour out for the cause of Christ?
Numbers 27 & 28
What are you willing to pour out for Christ?
Your Alabaster Jar
Verses 3-9 relate the story of the woman with the alabaster jar:
3 And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as He [Jesus] sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on His head. 4 But there were some who were indignant among themselves, and said, “Why was this fragrant oil wasted? 5 For it might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they criticized her sharply. 6 But Jesus said, “Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me. 7 For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but Me you do not have always. 8 She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint My body for burial. 9 Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.”
John 12.3 tells us this was Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus. This costly oil was, probably, worth nearly a year’s salary. She poured it out showing her love and devotion for her Lord.
Others were given the opportunity to pour out for Christ. One that comes to mind is the rich young ruler, but he walked away when Jesus asked him to sell all that he had and give to the poor (Mk. 10.17-21).
What about me? What about you? What are we willing to give back to God? Are we willing to use our gifts and talents to further the kingdom of God? Do we give faithfully of our finances? What about our time? Do we give God an hour or two a week, but no more?
At the end of his life, the Apostle Paul said:
“For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Tim. 4.6-7).
Let’s pray that we will be like Paul and Mary, willing to pour out all that we have.
TODAY’S OTHER READINGS:
According to Our Gifts
Moses was at the end of his life and he was still concerned about the people.
Chapter 27.16-17, “Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation, who may go out before them and go in before them, who may lead them out and bring them in, that the congregation of the LORD may not be like sheep which have no shepherd.”
But God had already prepared another leader. He would not lead in quite the same way and he would not have that “face to face” relationship with God that Moses had, but he would be used by God in a mighty way, to bring the people into the Promised Land.
That should encourage all of us that though we may be gifted differently from someone else, God uses all of us for His plans and purposes.
God Teaches His Children
Verse 11, “Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.”
God does not desire to withhold His wisdom from us, He is always ready to teach us if we will just ask and listen.
James 1.5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”
The Result of Mismanagement
“He who troubles his own house will inherit the wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.”
John MacArthur says it so well, “The one who mismanages his house will see all he has blown away … He will serve the one who manages well.”
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