April 7, 2020

April 7
Alabaster
While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?’ they asked. “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.” Matthew 26:6-9
The woman with the alabaster jar anointed Jesus in preparation for his burial. She poured her expensive treasure on the head of our Savior as a form of honor and not of loss. It did not matter to her what anyone else thought about what she was doing. Her spirit was obedient to the calling that was placed upon her heart. Jesus defended her cause to the disciples. This was not about them, or the market value of the perfume, or meeting the needs of the poor. It was about the price He would pay for the salvation of all mankind. The nameless woman with the alabaster jar gave her all for the One Who would soon give His all for us. What form of alabaster do you willingly sacrifice unto our Risen Savior? How much more do you love Jesus over the things you do, the people you hang around, and the things you possess? Don’t let your time, your talents, and your treasures be nothing more than a secular performance to Christ. Instead, let them be your sacrificial investments of love and service to God and His people.

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