Wednesday, February 10, 2010

You have an Alabaster Flask also

Matt 26:6-10: “And when Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, 7 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. 8 But when His disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, ‘Why this waste? 9 For this fragrant oil might have been sold for much and given to the poor.’ 10 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.’”

Being a disciple of Christ means that it will cost us something in return. We were given a great gift, and that gift is that of spending eternity with our creator. Once we become a disciple of Jesus we are expected to give our worship and attention to Jesus. We worship those things we value. If Jesus is real in our lives then we consider Him valuable, and so we worship Him. People worship different things all of the time. Some worship football, careers, freedom, country, the Internet, and even their kids. However, God is a jealous God, and He requires His people to worship only Him. Deuteronomy 6:5 says, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” In the Ten Commandments it also says, "You shall have no other gods before Me.” Our worship and focus should be for God.

This woman came into the house where Jesus was staying. She had an extremely, expensive fragrant oil contained in an alabaster flask. What she then did with the oil was an act of humility and reverence. She gave to Jesus not only the value of the oil, but she gave Him her all. In this act she was saying to Jesus that He was worth more than the value of the oil. This seems noble and right; however, not all who were there felt that way. We need to understand the concept of denying ourselves and worshiping God with total and full surrender. We are to be sold out to Jesus.
The other aspect of this story is that when you give your all to Jesus not everyone will understand your devotion or you passion. There will always be those, even among “fellow” believers, who cannot understand why you want to give your all to Him. They will scoff and ridicule, yet it does not matter! You belong to Jesus and you must, you must worship Him. Giving your all to Him will be the most fulfilling aspect of your life.

We are in God’s service, and we are to give ourselves as an act of worship. What is holding you back from giving your all to Him? Defending Christian Rights takes focus and determination. We are to disciple ourselves for this Holy service.

Tomorrows Readings:
Old Testament: Lev. 13 New Testament Matt 26:20-54

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