Peace and Goodwill!
This week’s word of encouragement: Your Alabaster box... Are you willing to be broken and poured out?
So many are content to be 'alabaster boxes' containing the fragrant ointment of Christ (Christ in you, the hope of glory – Col. 1:27), believing that their destiny is to be attractive vessels in the Kingdom. But ask yourself this, would there be any mention in the Scripture of the woman and the alabaster box, had it not been broken open and poured out? Would we have even known what was really inside the alabaster box, had it not been broken open and poured out? It was the ointment on the inside that was costly and precious... and so it is with us.”
We so desperately need the anointing that comes with the Anointed One. Nothing else will stir us up to do the works prepared in advance for us to walk in. Pray that the Lord create the conditions to break us open because we so desperately need His Spirit if we are ever going to impact this world in a significant way”. That hard covering needs to be cracked open and filled with His Holy Spirit in order for us to function in His Kingdom.
Luke 7:36-50 “One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee's house and took his place at the table. And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.” And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.”
Alabaster is a beautiful stone that resembles marble, but is softer in its texture, and hence very easily made into boxes or vials for containers. These boxes or vials were then filled with varieties of oils and sealed until their time of use. So when it says 'she brake the box', it is most likely speaking of breaking the seal to open the container, rather than actually breaking the alabaster, which would not be easy and very messy if successful.
A woman, who was a sinner, came to where Jesus was having dinner carrying an alabaster box of precious ointment. She sat at Jesus’ feet and began to wash them with her tears, wipe them with her hair, kiss them, and anoint them with the ointment. This is an endearing story of love and forgiveness. I, too, like the woman with the alabaster box, have found perfect forgiveness in and through Him.
Until we acknowledge and accept that we are all sinners and until we humble ourselves before God and believe that we all need a savior, we cannot understand the love and adoration showed by the woman with the alabaster box, nor can we feel that kind of love and adoration in our hearts for the Lord.
This woman’s love and devotion to the Lord stemmed from a heart steeped with repentance, a great need for forgiveness and liberation from sin, and thanksgiving, that at last, she has found her Savior. Whoever she was, she probably lived a dark, lost life. A life that had no sense, no direction, no meaning, no hope… until Jesus. This sounds just like Me.! She believed that the Lord Jesus could save her from destruction, so she sought Him with all her heart and soul. And she found great mercy. Actually, I’m quite sure it sounds like us all.
…Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much… Luke4:47
… But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound. Rom. 5:20
I was once like this woman, lost and covering up like I had it all in tact! On the outside, I was a successful career woman, a strong leader to those I worked with, but inside, I was living a dark, troubled life. The enemy had me feeling distressed, distraught and spiritually destitute! This kind of covering up will catch up to you sooner or later. But the great mercy and amazing grace of God through Jesus Christ wiped out of my life the darkness and fears. I now enjoy a blessed, meaningful, and holy life that I wouldn’t trade for anything!
To love and adore the Lord Jesus with all our heart is the least we can do in return for the new life He has given us. To have joy in our hearts again, to dream of a bright tomorrow, and to be a vessel of His inspiration and kindness, are all the fruits we reap, and much more. And all He wants from us is – To Love!
Those who have received His grace, cannot sit and literally wash His feet with our tears, but we can fall on our knees in His holy presence, offer songs of praise and adoration, and let the tears of joy and thanksgiving flow freely. Let us live our lives like alabaster boxes of precious ointment that when opened, we are “an odor of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well-pleasing to God” (Phil. 4:18).
The seal of our understanding must be broken that we can comprehend how costly and precious is the Ointment (Christ) within us, and that there is only TRUE value as the Ointment is poured out! “And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, ‘Why was this waste of the ointment made?’” (Mark 14:4) It would seem from His words that Jesus ascribes little value to the ointment as long as it is kept within the alabaster box; "And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? She hath wrought a good work on me." (Mark 14:6) Again, so it is with us, the Ointment, the anointing (Christ) within us is NOT just to be stored up for us personally, rather it is the very purpose of the anointing to be poured out.
How many times have we prayed, "Lord, I want more of you?" "And of His fullness have all we received..." (John 1:16); "...the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him that filleth all in all." (Eph. 1:22-23); "...that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God." (Eph. 3:19) The key to the abundant Life is not receiving more of Him, rather it is pouring out that which is already within. "For in Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in Him." (Col. 2:9-10) The only way the Ointment can be poured out is by breaking the seal of our understanding, "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he." (Prov. 23:7)
Yes, our perception and understanding of who we are determines what or who we manifest. If your perception is that you’re a needy and an empty vessel, then you will have difficulty in pouring out the Ointment (Christ) upon others. You must understand that you are now in Christ and your life is hidden in Him; you are complete in Him and you are filled with His fullness... all this for the purpose of pouring out the Ointment (Christ) within us.
Overcomer, press forward in revelation and understanding... truly, the knowledge of who we already are in Christ is being increased!
Be Optimistic; Be Open Minded; Be an Over comer!!