Monday, 12 October 2015

The Alabaster Box

Scripture: Matthew 26 v 7: "There came unto Him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on His head......" 

This box contained a very expensive perfume and the unnamed woman came to Jesus to pour the whole bottle over His head while He was eating. She did this as an expression of her love for Him because He had ministered to her. He said that what she had done for Him must be shared forever wherever the Gospel is preached. 

It was something that really upset His disciples though. They considered it a waste of costly perfume which could have been sold and the money given to the poor. Jesus called it a good work as it was done for His burial although before His death.  Only He knew that there would be no time for burial ointments immediately after His death and before they could get to Him he would be resurrected.

We need to break our alabaster box within us so that the power of the Holy Spirit can flow forth from our hearts. Our hardness of heart must yield to the Saviour no matter what the cost.  The alabaster box represents our soul with all its flaws and bondages. Until its broken the essence of Christ cannot flow.

In 2 Corinthians 2 Jesus makes manifest the fragrance of His knowledge through us to the whole world. He has to break through our flesh to release this sweet odour so that everywhere we go we spread it around.  Our flesh puts up a struggle which blocks the release of our spirit to touch the needs of others.

The Spirit of God is moving, stirring up righteousness, stirring the Living Waters so don't be left stranded jump in and flow with Him in glorious liberty.  He wants to use each one of us in small or great ways to reveal His love and bring people to salvation.

Don't become a stumbling block through your stubbornness, pride and religion.  Religion is a system of binding rules and rites to help you please God. Christianity is the life of freedom given by God when He finds you. Pour out the contents of your broken box to glorify Jesus  in His resurrection power. It will show Him that you are willing to sacrifice something you treasure to bless Him. 

Prayer: Father God I pray that today You will break our alabaster boxes to pour forth the love, peace, joy and truth of the Gospel to a dying world. Help us to let that sweet savour of Christ permeate the atmosphere wherever we go. Let us glorify You. In Jesus' name. Amen.