Just days before Jesus gave up His life on the cross He was in Simon the leper’s house having a meal with His disciples when a woman came in. She had with her ‘an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head.’
You probably know the story well, Judas and the disciples are critical, see it as a waste but Jesus defends the woman saying ‘she hath wrought a good work upon me… For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.’
She gave in what the disciples considered a reckless way, what was likely her most expensive position and poured it all out upon Jesus head.
They saw oil poured out, wasted! Jesus saw love poured out, a heart consecrated!
Friends, nothing we pour out, love, time, possessions, money, talents, none of it is wasted if it’s poured out for Jesus, the waste is when we don’t pour them out for Him!
Friends, how much of ourselves do we pour out for Jesus and how much for ourselves?
1 Take my life and let it be
consecrated, Lord, to thee.
Take my moments and my days;
let them flow in endless praise,
2 Take my hands and let them move
at the impulse of thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
swift and beautiful for thee,
3 Take my voice and let me sing
always, only, for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
filled with messages from thee,
4 Take my silver and my gold;
not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
every power as thou shalt choose.
5 Take my will and make it thine;
it shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart it is thine own;
it shall be thy royal throne.
6 Take my love; my Lord, I pour
at thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself, and I will be
ever, only, all for thee.