break the jar

Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair.  And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.  –John 12:3

What can you pour out for Him?  What treasure do you possess that you might ‘foolishly’ expend in worship of Him?  Break the jar.  He’s worth it.  Fill the house with the fragrance of your offering to Him.

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3 thoughts on “break the jar

  1. What can I pour out for Him? All that he’s given me, I suppose. My very life. After all, to the grave I’ll go, someday–along with everyone else. While I have my life and something to give, I’ll give it all, God help me…. He’s promised to preserve it in Him, anyway, even after the grave.

  2. Martha on said:

    It must have been painful for Mary to break such a costly (wasn’t it alabaster?) jar filled with an even more costly perfume.

    I wonder. Did she think about it much, before she decided? Did she hesitate? Was she afraid? Afraid of scorn (which she did receive!), or of embarrassment? Was she worried she might be wrong about the recipient of her great gift? Was He who He said He was?

    Maybe at some point she might have said to herself,”What the heck. What have I got to lose? If I have Him pegged all wrong, then I’m wrong, but what if I’m right? I have everything to gain.”

    Or, was she just so overcome with her desperate need, and even more desperate hope of True Love, that she broke the jar without a though, with abandon, risking everything for the sake of the One?

    In any case, she did not give half, or “almost all.” She gave nothing less than everything she had, and it was precious.

    It is painful to give like that. It is scary. Painful, and scary, liberating, and marvelous. Help me to see when those times present themselves. And let me not be afraid.

  3. Jamie on said:

    Musical talent is something that can pretty easily given to bring glory to God. I take my musical talent to the church or the nursing home etc. Setting your mind on God, and taking the attention off of yourself, for His glory is hard sometimes but can be obtained through the repetition of giving yourself wholeheartedly for the glory of God and the building up of His kingdom.

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