Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, there came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, she poured it on his head, as he sat at meal. When the disciples saw what she had done, they mocked her and asked why does she waste this oil? Matthew 26:7-8
Jesus and the disciples were having dinner at a house in Bethany when a woman comes in and pours oil all over Jesus’ head. The disciples couldn’t understand why she would waste something so expensive. The oil could have been sold for a high price. The money made could have been given for the welfare of the poor.However, Jesus could see that what this woman did was special. She had given her all, she had given her best gift, her most precious and expensive gift to the Lord. Jesus would comment that her act was preparing His body for burial and this deed she would be greatly remembered for.
I like to think that as she was pouring out the oil, she was pouring out her praise.
As we pour ourselves out before God and pour out our praise, He fills us with more of Himself. Sometimes, we like the disciples, think that the cost is too much. It’s too much, the energy could be spent on something else. We could be doing other things. Sure you could, but you can’t afford to NOT pour yourself out before God. He gave all, gave every last drop of His blood and all of you is expected in return. He is not asking you to die for Him, there is nothing that you possess that would cover the cost of His love. He asks you to die to yourself. He asks you to stop living for yourself, to become less of you but more of Him. He poured it all out for you, so you should do likewise. Live for Him because He died for you.
It’s His breath in our lungs, that is why we pour out our praise. That is why we pour out our past, false pretenses, anxieties, fears, bitterness, and doubt. We pour out our plans, our ways, and desires. We pour it all out so that He can fill us; fill us with hope, courage, security,faith, and love. He fills us with his power and glory. When we are filled with Him, He can use us. When we pour it all out, when we empty ourselves, we relinquish control. We can do nothing out of our power anyway. It is in Him that we have our being and movement.
Pour it all out, so He can fill you.