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Ministry Moments Blog
A devotion by Michelle Clements, ABCS Vice President of Development & Communications
And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head. – Mark 14:3
I love this verse about the unnamed woman’s devotion to Jesus. She teaches us how to respond to Jesus with love and faith by sacrificing what was probably her most valuable and treasured possession to anoint Jesus. The alabaster container of nard, or ointment, was worth more than one year’s wages. This woman is criticized by those in the room for her extravagance, but Jesus commends her saying, And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her (Mark 14:9). She exemplifies total surrender. I once heard a preacher ask, “What’s in your alabaster jar?” Meaning, what idols are we keeping close to our hearts that are preventing us from totally surrendering our lives to Christ. It’s easy to value idols of comfort, safety, pleasure, security, self, etc. above Jesus. May we pour out our treasured possessions, talents and all we have been gifted with as a testimony of our love and faith in Jesus.