Break your alabaster jar 3

'She has done a beautiful thing to me.' Mark 14:6 NIV

When the woman broke the alabaster jar, the reaction of the disciples was very revealing. 'Why this waste?' They thought that by pouring the perfume over Jesus' feet, she was pouring it down the drain. They called it a waste, but he called it 'a beautiful thing.' Then he went on to say, 'Wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her' (Mark 14:9 NIV). It had probably been years since this woman, a prostitute, had heard a kind word. You could read this into what Jesus said: 'You may not believe in yourself, but I believe in you.'

No one calls out potential like Jesus, because he gave us our potential in the first place. That's why God will never give up on us. It's not in his nature (see Philippians 1:6). His 'goodness and mercy will follow [you] all the days of [your] life' (Psalm 23:6). Whenever we turn around - surprise! - goodness and mercy are right behind us.

This woman was desperate enough to crash the party, and Jesus responds to desperate people. How desperate are you? Desperate enough to make a move, make a change? Pray through the night? Read through the Bible? Reconcile the conflict? Give your life savings to a Kingdom cause? When you go out of your way for God, God will go out of his way for you.

So what now? When was the last time you went all-out for God? It means being totally vulnerable, but it is totally worth it.

Soulfood: Job 11-14 Luke 17:11-19 Ps 11 Pro 8:4-5,

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