Daily Devotions

Break your alabaster jar (2)

January 16, 2018

“More than a year’s wages.”            Mk 14:5 NIV

 

It’s possible the alabaster jar of perfume represented every penny of this woman’s life savings. The value is evidenced by the fact that two gospel writers find it noteworthy enough to give us a written estimate: three hundred denarii—the equivalent of an entire year’s salary. Let’s get down to brass tacks. For most of us, the alabaster jar of perfume is money. It’s our nest egg. It’s our paycheck. It’s our retirement fund. And the question is this: Are you willing to give it all away? We’re not suggesting you should not pay your bills or plan for your future or take care of your family. But if God prompted you to give it all away, would you be willing to break your alabaster jar and pour it all at the feet of Jesus? During his lifetime, John Wesley gave away approximately thirty thousand pounds. Adjusted for inflation, that’s more than $1,764,705.88 in today’s dollars. Wesley made a covenant with God in 1731 to limit his income to twenty-eight pounds a year. But the first year he made only thirty pounds, so he gave just two pounds. The next year his income doubled, and because he managed to continue living on twenty-eight pounds, he gave away thirty-two pounds. He never had more than one hundred pounds in his possession because he was afraid of storing up earthly treasure. He believed God’s blessing should result in raising our standard of giving, not our standard of living. Even when his income rose to thousands of pounds, he lived simply and gave away all surplus money. He died with a few coins in his pocket, but a storehouse of treasure in heaven. Think about it!

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account_circle Barbara McKee

Strange this should be about money this morning. I was,thinking about that this past week. Now we know that the Lords Ministry gets the top 10 percent which the Lord helps me to do...but to me its just such a small amount...I would like to be in a financial position to give up to 20 percent...Now thats not possible as I am in a position of starting over which includes a physical place to live in that is not temporary and a car that doesnt eat up all my profits....and other things....my heart is to give more and thats one of my prayers. In my mind God is So much wiser about money than I am. Agree with me in prayer about this please.

account_circle Barbara McKee

Strange this should be about money this morning. I was,thinking about that this past week. Now we know that the Lords Ministry gets the top 10 percent which the Lord helps me to do...but to me its just such a small amount...I would like to be in a financial position to give up to 20 percent...Now thats not possible as I am in a position of starting over which includes a physical place to live in that is not temporary and a car that doesnt eat up all my profits....and other things....my heart is to give more and thats one of my prayers. In my mind God is So much wiser about money than I am. Agree with me in prayer about this please.

account_circle Christine Chela

Powerful! Help us Lord to be sold out to you wholly and completely.