// Poured my life without measure. Into a little treasure box. //
Alabaster Box: CeCe Winans
Brokenness doesn’t have to define you.
I’ve been waiting so long for this post. I knew this is where I’d end this series. We’ve learned that brokenness isn’t always bad. Sometimes we need to get out of ourselves to see God shine.
We’ve also learned that He will use the broken road to lead us to people who need Jesus. Then last week we learned that even those who feel plain or have nothing to give. They too get to offer something to be used by the Lord.
Today, I want to talk about your broken offering. What better example is the story of the Alabaster Box. Let’s head to Matthew 26: 1.
Rest & Relaxation.
Have you ever just wanted to go home. I know for several church folks this is everything. They go home and take an afternoon nap. Now, imagine being around Jesus’ time. At this point, people were stirring to kill Jesus. However, can you imagine the exhaustion it was to have people call you fake, lie about you, or make like comments. A home is a perfect place to rest.
“And when Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper,”
Matthew 26:6 NKJV
Enter In Distraction.
“a woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table.”
Matthew 26:7 NKJV
This woman came in and disrupted everything! How dare she? Jesus is trying to take his “Sunday nap.” But here this woman poured oil all over him. What a waste! The disciples thought the exact same thing.
“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.”
Matthew 26:8-9 NKJV
Cost of the Oil.
This was this woman’s lifetime earnings. It wasn’t cheap. She knew that. It would be messy. She knew that too. It would cause trouble. She knew. Her cost wasn’t this box. She was sent on a mission. Her oil was worship to the king.
When we come into worship broken there is nothing else to lose. Full abandonment is poured out. This woman was judged for something the people in the house could never know.
“But when Jesus was aware of it, He said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done good work for Me.”
Matthew 26:10 NKJV
Jesus thought different. He knew.
“For in pouring this fragrant oil on My body, she did it for My burial.”
Matthew 26:12 NKJV
God took her worship as an act of sacrifice. He knew death was coming. He saw the relationship He had with this woman. It changed everything. She gave it all to Him that is worthy of it all. If we jump over to Luke 7:36 we’ll find out just how much.
“and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil.”
Luke 7:38 NKJV
Washing with her tears? Wiping with her hair? That seems a bit extreme, right? For this woman, it was all she had. Sinner. She was being compared to swine.
“Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head.”
Luke 7:44 NKJV
She gave something no one else did. That’s for you. When you worship the king that has set you free and uses your brokenness. BAM! Jesus recognized her brokenness shining. Others tried to put her glow out. BUT GOD! She was shown in light the truth.
“Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”
Luke 7:47 NKJV
She was set free. Your brokenness doesn’t have to be your final destiny. Bring it to Jesus and see what He’s willing to do with it. Don’t count yourself out. Others will try to steal your joy. Remember it is just between you and Him. They will talk until their last breath. But you’re not doing it for them specially. Live a life of light to shine to all those who live in the shadows. Shine bright.
Join us next week as we dig deeper with Jesus. He leads us to the Father and sometimes we don’t know what that even means. Sometimes that means we don’t even count if it is worth it.
Hello friends, I’m Marco. I’m an RN, & founder of Four Winds, a ministerial blog.
I have a heart for this generation to know who they are & whose they are. I also contend for revival to cover college campuses. As well as preach the word until every nation has heard. Sharing Jesus with all, & showing the love that was once shown me.