Mark 14:3: "And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as He sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on His head." (nkjv)
We often get caught up in the hows and whys of what God has gifted others with. Anything that is not in line with main stream ministry and tradition can easily be brought under fire and strongly resisted. It is so easy to criticize what we don't understand.
So it was with the woman who poured her very costly oil on Jesus' head and washed his feet with her tears. Her gift was quickly brought under fire as wasteful or being used inappropriately. She may not have been learned or wise. She may not have been a respectable business woman. And she may not have been much use outside of this one act of worship. But what those who were supposedly closest to Jesus failed, or refused, to understand was that she was doing what no one else was willing or capable of doing. Jesus later in the text rebuked His disciples and said, “Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me...." Just like His confidants, she had a life change from the Master and she had a need: a passionate desire to offer her most treasured possession to his service. That passion and gift unintentionally provided her Christ with what everyone surrounding Jesus refused Him. No matter how many times He spoke of His eminent betrayal and death, His disciples refused to HEAR. After His death they were so discouraged by their dashed expectations (despite His prophetic words), that they went back to their old habits assuming the path of Jesus was flawed in some way. Because their King's story did not appeal to their understanding, they were frustrated if not content to leave His body on a cross, untended.
I understand this. My passion has always been consistent, even as a high school-er, but I only knew one way to minister. Finding my gift only in what I knew frustrated me. I had in all of my being this treasure but had no avenue for releasing it, at least not in Biblically or practically appropriate ways that jelled with my need [to make a deeply PERSONAL impact in the lives of women struggling in their walk with Christ, and in life in general]. But one day almost 10 years ago, I read a business card that had the words "Life Coach" and I knew, every fiber of my being knew that those words described the marriage of my gift and calling, just as much as Dawn described the name my mother gave me. That was who I was! Since embracing the call I have never been more fulfilled. Learning how to tap into that treasure, that Costly Oil stored within this fragile clay vessel, has been the outlet to Passion and Purpose. I have never been wealthier since learning to release the passion and Love for my Savior to all who need Him!
What about you my friends? What unique treasure will you find hidden in your bosom, waiting to flow freely to all you meet? Today is the last Monday of 2013. Why not make 2014 your year to break your alabaster box DAILY and give back to God what He has so freely given to you? Why not seek unique and creative ways to let your light shine? In 2014, why not make it a point to reject the status quo and serve our Lord and His people with reckless abandon, and burning passion???
Nothing we give back to God is wasted.....it is only poured out to exalt our Savior, and secure our legacy.....or as some would say, "for His Glory, and our good!"
Thank you for helping us Make Monday Matter in such a grand way in 2013! We look forward to doing it again each and every week next year!
~Pouring my life out in Worship like Costly Oil~