Daughter, are you willing to pour your life out for Me? Yes, Lord, was my reply.
Then write for Me. Pour out your life like the very costly fragrant oil in The Alabaster Jar that you have found in the Scriptures.
So here I sit, typing, and convicted yet again!
Below I have shared a passage of Scripture from several of the Gospels referring to an immoral woman and her Alabaster Jar. Join me as we dig deeper and learn what Jesus has to say to us and our own Alabaster Jars.
When a certain immoral woman from that city heard he was eating there, she brought a beautiful alabaster jar filled with expensive perfume. Luke 7:37
A woman came to Him having an alabaster jar of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table. But when His disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste? “For this fragrant oil might have been sold for much and given to the poor.” But when Jesus was aware of it, He said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a good work for Me. Matthew 26:7, 10
“I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.” Luke 7:47
- She was an immoral woman.
- What she had was costly.
- She poured it out on Christ.
- She was criticized for doing it. (By the disciples I might add!)
- She had many sins and yet Christ had forgiven her.
- She showed the Lord much love as a result of her forgiveness.
- Your time?
- Your rights?
- Your resources?
- Your ideals?
- Your dreams?
- All of the above?
Here are some examples.
- What if you served your husband, submitted to him and respected him even when he didn’t deserve it nor appreciated it (and you did it with a loving heart)? Would you still pour your life out for Christ?
- What if you served your children day in and day out yet you never heard a thank you from them? Would you still pour your life out for Christ?
- What if you cleaned your house from top to bottom only to have it messed up again within minutes? Would you still pour your life out for Christ?
- What if you ministered in Jesus’ name only to have people criticize and condemn you for it? (Hmmm, kind of like the disciples in the above passage.) Would you still pour your life out for Christ?
- What if God called you into an area of ministry that you felt outside your comfort zone? Would you still pour your life out for Christ?
- Or perhaps God has called you to minister to someone you will never see and you will never experience the fruits of your labor? (smile) Would you still pour your life out for Christ?
Tough ideas. Aren’t they?
Here is what I found to be so miraculous about this ‘poured out’ concept.
As I have poured out my life for Christ, He in turn, has poured Himself into me.