Break Open Your Alabaster Box
by Kent Henry
If I've ever heard a powerful example of what whole-hearted worship is, this would be it: breaking open your alabaster box (your heart) on a consistent basis in praise and worship. Are we consistent in pouring forth our hearts and sharing our love with the Father? If not, we need to start breaking open the spiritual vial of costly perfume to anoint the Lord through prayer and praise on a daily basis. This is really just our reasonable service and offering to the Living God (Romans 12:1,2).
The lady in Matthew 26, who came to Jesus with an expensive alabaster box full of perfume, is still known today throughout the world. For what is she even remembered? Wasting her best on the Lord Jesus. She "wasted" her most precious possession on the main focus of her life and love, the Lamb who would take away the sin of the world.
Now when Jesus was in Bethany, at the home of Simon the leper, a woman came to Him with an alabaster box of very costly perfume (precious ointment, fragrant oil) and she poured it upon His head as He reclined at table. But the disciples were indignant (greatly displeased) when they saw this, and said, "What is the point of this waste?" For this perfume might have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor.
I'm not so much concerned any more with people receiving teaching and being touched by revelation from God's Word. But more, will we change our lives and become doers of that Word and revelation we hear and receive?
Even though the disciples got upset with her for her "wasteful act," the Lord Jesus was blessed and His heart was touched by her. Remember this: Non-worshipers (or spectators) will always be on a different wavelength. Unless or until they change their heart posture, extravagant worship seems to be, at least to them, an overstatement, even a gaudy display of affection or emotions.
Isn't this onlooking attitude strange? For selfless worship is exactly what blesses the heart of your Heavenly Father. People who worship God unashamedly serve as working models and examples for others, and this helps them begin to enter into His Presence.
There is a fragrance to your worship, an aroma that comes from the overflow of heartfelt love toward God. Many people still stand on the sidelines, never fully breaking open their alabaster box in praise and worship. That sweet smelling savor is rarely let out of their box to be enjoyed by God and His people.
This area of aroma, sweet-smelling savor, and fragrance deserves the attention of our own personal Bible study. For within it are locked up some of the great truths about being worshipers in the fullest sense of the word.
Brokenness is not a bad word, even though years ago the teaching about it was fairly inaccurate and may have left a very bad taste in our spiritual mouths. In this case, it should be apparent. Without the breaking open of the box, there is no anointing. Without the anointing, there is very little or no fragrance.
Break open your alabaster box, yield up to the Lord the most precious, costly things of your life. The sweet communion with God will be so rich, it will draw you back time and time again. As it always is with obedient servants, God will be sure to fill your alabaster box over and over again. Praise God!