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The Alabaster Box by Ellen DiTrolio

The Alabaster Box

There will always be critics. It seems at times that no matter what you do, it just isn’t good enough for some people. There will be times when others just won’t understand the motives behind your actions. That’s when we really need to rethink why we do what we do? Matthew 26:6-13 tells us the story of a woman who gave the best she could for her savior and then was actually criticized for it.

Matthew 26:6 begins our story: “There came to him (Jesus) a woman having an alabaster box of very precious perfume and poured it on his head as he sat eating.” Sounds beautiful right? Well listen to verse eight. “But when the disciples saw it they had indignation saying “why this waste? They asked. This perfume could have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor.” This unnamed woman had given her most prized possession to anoint her Lord and yet she was criticized by all those who witnessed the event. I can imagine the shame she must have felt upon hearing those words. But listen to what Jesus tells her “Why are bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing for me….Wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” (vs. 10, 13) WOW!

It is estimated that at that time, the perfume stored in her alabaster box represented up to one years wages. Its fragrance would last a long time not only because was it costly, it was a fragrance of the highest quality. It Cialis was with this fragrance on Him that Jesus would go to the cross. This unidentified woman gave her best not only because it represented its extreme costliness for her (this could have been the perfume she had saved for her own burial) it also represented her thankfulness and her gratefulness to a savior who had changed her life.

She gave all she had to honor her Savior. Reading this passage of scripture makes me wonder if I too am giving my best to my Savior or do I just give Him the “extras” in my life?

Sometimes when you give your best others will not always understand it. They may not even like it. But I’ve always tried to live by the philosophy “I can’t be responsible for other people’s actions, but I can be responsible for my own actions.” While the disciples could only think of the costliness, I wonder if the Host, Simon, a Pharisee healed from leprosy, understood her reckless abandon. Isn’t it interesting how the same event can have different effects on people? What the woman gave, she did for Christ and not for anyone else in that room.

And so I ask myself, what is in MY alabaster box that I would be willing to give recklessly for my Lord? My prayer is that I will always be willing to do what the Lord asks of me, even if it is costly or even if it is painful, knowing that my actions will represent a thankful and grateful heart to my Lord.

Father, may the best of my life be a sweet smelling fragrance unto you.

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  • Amen! The entire key being to look into HIS eyes only. There we find the answer to all our questions. There is so much peace waiting for us if we simply look to Him for our direction.

    Comment by Lorrie Dobbins — February 7, 2010 @ 5:18 pm |

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