Do we believe that our Heavenly Father only makes “Originals” not duplicates? And since He designed us – He also wants to mold us – to remind us that we are not just one of many “sitting on the rack waiting” to be chosen. As we are His Originals – His Masterpieces to Glorify His Name! Takes my breath away! As we examine our hearts, while asking the important question, “Is my life poured out for Jesus?” Because for this to happen – we must be become broken, as Alabaster, to be used – to lay our lives down with a heart towards Jesus. To listen to Jesus as our High Priest – to acknowledge Jesus as our Prophet…and to do all of this out of our Love for Him!
“While Jesus was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, a woman (Mary) came with an Alabaster jar of very expensive perfume made of pure spikenard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on the head of Jesus.” As the Disciples questioned this extravagant gesture of love – Jesus said, “She poured perfume on My body beforehand to prepare for My burial…and what she has done will also be told in memory of her” (Mark 14:3-9) Mary was remembered. The question here is, “Am I?” Do I truly have a heart with a deep love and appreciation for Jesus – which compels me, along with His devoted followers, towards meaningful actions? Whew!
“Mary took about a pint of pure spikenard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus feet and wiped it with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.” (John 12:9) As Mary is sitting at the feet of Jesus breathing in His teachings as her High Priest, laying it all down, Mary chooses to anoint Jesus’ feet with precious oils, whose perfumes filled the entire room – symbolic of her deep love for Him. As true devotion is not half hearted! When Mary lets down her hair, which was actually frowned upon at that time; to wipe the feet of Jesus…was an act of pure devotion and obedience – regardless of the criticisms made towards her. So wherever she walked the fragrance stayed with her.
So the question being asked of me, and of you, is: Is the fragrance of Jesus covering me that no matter where l go I am carrying His Fragrance with me? What is the scent of His Fragrance? Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control – “the Fruit of the Spirit! ” with its pure and purposeful fragrance for us to embrace and to reflect Him!
As not everyone will accept the fragrance of Jesus as they ridiculed Mary. (Mark 14:4) But with Jesus it is “never wasted.” As Jesus says, “Leave her alone – she will always be remembered.” As Mary had taken this “Divine Opportunity – a precious Moment – and “acted on it.” Yes! We too must become aware of our Divine Moments in our lives – to be used for the work and movement of God – and for us to choose to embrace the opportunities He gives us to serve Him. If we over think it – we will then miss operating with our hearts open to reflect Jesus. As we are called by Jesus to step out of “our ordinary” and to step into the will of our Heavenly Father so we can become used by Him.
Remember – Mary knew it was right because she sat at the feet of Jesus. Are we choosing to sit at His feet? Because as Christ Followers we are asked to live lives worth remembering, and to show others, no matter where we walk or how difficult our path may be – to have a heart like Jesus. Carrying with us His Fragrance – His precious aroma of love tendered with His Glory! As the Holy Spirit whispers, “What precious perfume is right now locked inside your hearts that could be lavished upon our Lord Jesus? Am l willingly choosing to break the Alabaster jar that holds it, so l can become poured out at the feet of my Savior Redeemer? So no matter where l walk, do l have the presence of the sweet aroma of my Savior Jesus Christ – not only surrounding me – but living within my heart – saturating my life from the inside out? As I ask myself, once again, “How will I be remembered?”
From my Heart…