Mark 14:9 (KJV) “Verily I say unto you, wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.”
Jesus visited the house of Simon the leper. While at the table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of costly oil, of spikenard. She broke the flask, and poured out the oil on Jesus’ head. Knowing the value of the oil, the people in attendance complained, questioned, and criticized her sharply, saying “why was this waste of the ointment made?”
But the Lord defended her, that they should leave her alone, because she has done a good work for Him. The Bible says, “Verily I say unto you, wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.” What a reward! And we are still speaking about it today, after two thousand years have passed.
According to the custom of Jesus’ days, the alabaster box is bought by parents, for their young women, and filled with precious oil. This is kept by young women, in readiness for their wedding day. When the suitor comes to propose for marriage, the young woman will respond, by breaking the alabaster box, at his feet.
When she broke the alabaster box, she poured it on Jesus’ head. She was passing a message to Jesus, and to those who witnessed it by this action. Her message was clear, she values Jesus, more than anyone, more than anything, and even more than her future.
The people condemned her, but Jesus commended her. Whenever your love for God appears to surpass your love for friends, expect criticism. Do not be surprised at people’s reactions, when you place your best, on the altar for God.
If the woman had consulted with men, they would have discouraged her. Stop asking for people’s opinion, about what the Lord has placed in your heart, to do for Him. Be wise as a believer, let your best be reserved for God. The One offered His very best to save your soul, deserves your very best in life.
Is there anything that is too big in your life that you can’t give up for Jesus Christ?
Father, You deserve my best, and I receive the grace, to offer it for Your glory, in the name of Jesus Christ.