Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | July 20, 2016

Giving Our Best To The Best

july 20“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.”  Matthew 26:7 (NIV)

In Biblical times, perfume played a very significant part in kings’ coronation, as it did in burials. Many would work hard to be able to afford the perfume they would use for the burial of their loved ones or themselves. Such perfume was expensive and highly regarded, and was kept in alabaster jars.

For the users of Chanel 5 or Trésor by Lancôme, you would know a drop goes a long way and you don’t want anyone mishandling your perfume with the possibility any will go to waste. If necessary, you will even hide your perfume bottles when careless relatives are around, to ensure they won’t even come close to them.

Well, if this could apply to you, then you will understand this story. Jesus is in Bethany, at the home of Simon the Leper, having a meal with His disciples.  A woman named Mary shows up, bringing along about a year’s worth of wages in perfume in her prized alabaster jar.

What do you think Mary did? Do you think she dabbed a little on her finger and touched the forehead of all those who were gathered there? Do you think she rubbed some on her hands and touched selected people in the room? Or did she just touch Jesus with the perfume in her hands?

Mary used the perfume, but it was not a little dab or a little drop. She used it all, and all at once, and all on ONE person. The Bible says Mary poured all of the content of her alabaster jar on Jesus’ head. A woman anointing her Lord without reservations, without worrying about the cost or about what other possible use she could find for the perfume. She gave her best to the Lord  –  no questioning and no second thoughts. She openly and generously blessed the Lord with her action, as that anointing would be of great significance for what was about to happen to Jesus (being betrayed and killed).

What is it that you are placing before Jesus today? What is your “perfume,” or offering that you bring before the One who blesses you day-in and day-out? Is your heart His? If not, surrender it to Him at once, for when the Lord is King over your life, you have the best assurance ever: He will never leave your side.

“Here is my heart, Jesus; I surrender it to You. Be Lord over my life.”

For His Glory

Luska Suzano
TRBC Women’s Life

 

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