As a devoted Christian you may often promise to be willing to give everything and your best to God. But do you truly? Or do you use this as an empty phrase and are actually only willing to serve God under your very own conditions?
Certainly, the woman that poured out a whole alabaster flask of costly oil to anoint Jesus was willing. She did what she could and contributed everything to Jesus (Mk 14:8). But the disciples “criticised her sharply” (Mk 14:5). As the world considers time, money, resources and any effort as wasted if not used in a highly effective, reasonable, and sustainable way, so did the twelve (Mk 14:4).
No doubt, the nature of God contradicts this response by far. Where else if not at the cross of Calvary is this truth so prominent displayed? The longing of God for us humans was so great that He sent His Son, who poured out His alabaster flask by giving His life for us. The love of God is so abundant, generous and selfless that it surpasses our human understanding and one can easily call it extravagant. And no other love than this is required of a disciple of Christ (Eph 5,2).
Therefore, always be ready to pour out your alabaster flask (with its precious content) where God placed you to be. Beware of considering money, time, resources and any effort for God as wasted. Just keep in mind what Jesus replied to his disciples when they just had criticised the woman at Bethany: “Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me” (Mk 14:7). Don’t fool yourself to consider something as worthless just because it contradicts your earthly agenda. The most extravagant or meaningless deed can be of utter importance in the kingdom of God. You never know what God intends to do with.
Also, be prepared to receive harsh criticism for pouring out your alabaster flask. As the woman at Bethany offended even the disciples of Jesus by her deed, so will you. As your heavenly Father loves to give abundantly, so you shall too.
Thus, what could be your very own alabaster flask?