Mark 14:3: Brokenness.

“3 While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.”

As long as the perfume was kept in the jar, it was of benefit to no-one else. But once it was broken and poured out ‘’…the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume’’ (John 12:3).  We are like ‘’jars of clay’’ (2 Corinthians 4:7). In fact, that is what we are. It is only when we are broken and poured out that the world can benefit from the contents God has put within us. It is His intention that people should be able to ‘smell’ Jesus on us (2 Corinthians 2:14-16). The fragrance gets released when the life is poured out.

God has given each Christian spiritual gifts and natural talents. He has given us possessions. He has given us a life. ‘If we keep these for ourselves, they do not benefit anyone. In the end, they do not even benefit us, because we cannot take them with us when we die. Only when we pour out all our gifts, skills, and possessions at Jesus’ feet can He take them and use them for God’s glory and for the benefit of others.’ Tom Hale: ‘The Applied New Testament Commentary’, p.272.  This is true. Who would seriously question it in principle? But the difficulty is in the doing. It hurts to be broken and it costs to be poured out.

PRAYER: Lord, I pray that everything you have put into me will be poured out for the blessing of others and the glory of your Name.