The Alabaster Woman

I think that I would have typically glanced over this passage without much thought, but today Jesus’s words hit me at the very end.

Mark 14:9 “I tell you the truth, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

I thought to myself, “What about this woman’s action is worthy of being told to the entire world?” And the answer that popped into my head was, her faithfulness. She had to have just felt right inside about pouring out a year’s worth of earnings on top of Jesus’s head. Where did she get this idea? God only knows. But what’s important is that she followed through. Whether it was the Holy Spirit (which I’m not even sure was living in them at the time), or just plain God-given intuition, what matters is that she followed through.

One time when I was about 20 years old I felt the Holy Spirit wanting me to drive past the turn into my house and to continue driving straight. I didn’t know what to do after that, but I obeyed. I just kept driving straight until I stopped in a neighborhood. I prayed the whole time and my heart was racing with what was going to happen. I remember staring at these people walking their dog and wondering if God wanted me to go talk to them. I can’t quite remember if I didn’t feel right about it, or if I was too scared to do it. But I didn’t go talk to them.

God only knows why He told me to keep going straight that day. Maybe there was a robber in front of our house that just needed some time to leave, or if He really did want me to pray for those people and I didn’t follow through. Whatever the case, the point that I wanted to sink deep into my heart this morning was that no matter what God is calling us to do, we should faithfully complete it.

Jesus wants the whole world to hear about the woman with the alabaster jar of perfume, but why? It might just be her faithfulness. The fact that she was willing to complete something that God wanted her to do; despite all of the flack from the other disciples saying that it was a huge waste of time. I mean, I can’t blame them though. If I saw someone pouring $40,000 onto someone’s head, I’d be a little concerned at what kind of motive was behind the whole thing.

God,

Give me the confidence to follow through with the callings, no matter how small, that you have placed on my life. Give me the faithfulness of the alabaster woman. Give me the ears to hear what your Holy Spirit is telling me. Let the control that your Holy Spirit has on my life overcome the push back that I may experience while fulfilling your will. In Jesus’ name I pray.

Amen!

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