Sunday, February 21, 2010

To Be Completely Broken


clip_image001And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head. (Mark 14:3)

This is the story of how Jesus was anointed before His crucifixion. If you are a Christian it will touch you deeply. Although I have read this passage numerous times this time there was something that stood out to me about these scriptures as I read them. (You will always glean more and see more light on scriptures the more you read them and the more that you meditate on them.)

The alabaster box was a beautiful hand carved vase that was very costly and the spikenard that was inside was also very costly. The Lord was not anointed with ointment until the seal of the box of alabaster was “broken”! The meaning for the word brake in the above verse is: To crush completely, to shatter, to brake into pieces, to be broken into shivers, and to bruise. This is similar to the same way that we must be broken before the Lord so that His anointing can be poured out upon us so that we can touch others!
We should never be ashamed to be broken. God will never deny, or look down on, a broken heart and a contrite spirit! God’s anointing on us is always the greatest when we are humble and broken; because we are feel less proud or convinced of own importance. It is when we do not have an exaggerated opinion of personal worth or abilities that the Lord can use us. To The Lord we are like the spikenard oil, we are of great value! When we humble ourselves in His sight and place our self-importance and pride on the altar of sacrifice, is when the anointing will be the greatest in our lives. When we are weak we are strong. The Holy Spirit will pour out of us like the ointment from that alabaster box, and we will be used greatly for His kingdom!
All of us need to seek and ask the Lord to break us where we need to be broken so that we might be anointed fully to do the great things He's called us to do! The Lord needs to mold us and make us into what we ought to be.


Tim Shey said...

Excellent message.

When we abide in Christ, we take up our cross and follow Him--we don't follow our selfish will. Not my will, but thine be done.

When Jesus said that we had to eat His body and drink His blood, He meant that we need to be broken bread and poured out wine so that the Lord can feed others spiritually. Our pride and selfishness need to be broken and poured out so that the life of Christ can burn more brightly in our lives.

I must decrease, so that He can increase.

Christina said...

Just a thought here...I'm not sure we need to ask Him to break us. In one of his books, I think 'The Release of the Spirit', Watchman Nee wrote that when God plans on really using someone, He'll wound you in a way from which you'll never fully recover. I can testify to the truth of that unasked wounding. Almost 20 years ago...but the non-recovery turns out to be a good thing. You just can't believe it when the thing is happening to you! And if I had the choice to go back in time, & not be wounded, I'd turn it down.