She entered his home uninvited – this woman carrying an expensive jar of perfume. The host never would’ve permitted her to dine with men of their stature. She knew that, but it didn’t stop her from doing what she came to do.
She pressed on, ignoring the whispers and condescending glances.
Her purpose won out over the what-ifs she felt. With one courageous step after another, she followed her passion. Her most valuable possession poured out that day in an act of overflowing love for her Savior.
The invited guests didn’t fully understand the importance of that moment as she wept at Jesus’ feet. But her sacrifice of praise from an Alabaster jar would be remembered forever.
I wonder what I would’ve thought if I’d been sitting at the dinner table that day. Would I have shot questioning glances her way? Would I have followed the crowd and whispered unkind words?
Or would I have the courage to do something as bold as she did?
This brave woman came to mind this week as I read Matthew 25 in our 100 Days with Christ reading plan.
In this chapter, Jesus told a parable about a master who left bags of gold in the care of three servants. To the first man, he gave five bags. To another, he gave two bags. And to the third man, he gave one bag of gold.
The first two men invested the gold the master gave them, but the man with one bag dug a hole in the ground and buried it. When the master returned, the man said he buried the gold because he was afraid.
He didn’t want to take a risk, so he played it safe.
“So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground.” Matthew 25:25 NIV
Because of this, the master called him a “wicked, lazy servant,” and took the bag of gold away.
I never quite understood why the master reacted so harshly. After all, he was just doing what he thought was best. So he hid the money, kind of like hiding valuables under a mattress. What’s the harm in that?
But as I read the passage again this week, one word stood out among the rest…
Fear stopped him from taking a risk.
I can totally relate. Maybe you can, too.
We’ve all been given a great gift, more precious than a bag of gold. But sometimes I take what God’s given me and hide it away for safe keeping. Not because I don’t want to share it, but because I’m afraid.
Afraid of what people might say.
Afraid of leaving my comfort zone.
Afraid of what could happen.
Afraid of stepping out with passion.
So because of fear, I play it safe. But through this parable, Jesus teaches an important truth for us all.
God didn’t call us to play it safe. He called us to be courageous.
Just like the woman with the Alabaster jar.
It’s so easy in today’s world to choose safety, to be like the servant with one bag of gold. I can find every excuse to reject taking risks for God.
The woman who anointed Jesus’ feet took the more difficult path. She had many reasons to stop, but her faith propelled her forward. Her actions pleased the Master, and that meant everything.
So let’s lay excuses aside today. Let’s find inspiration from Jesus’ teaching when we’re tempted to hide away in fear. God is ready to see us step beyond our comfort and move into whatever He calls us to do.
He is ready for us to choose courage.
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What a delight to welcome Kristine Brown to True and Faithful today. Kristine is a Texas girl with a huge heart for teaching — both the teens in her local school and God’s Word to women in her ministry. She’s been studying 100 Days with Christ right along with us and I’m so glad we got to hear her wisdom for this week’s study.
Kristine Brown is a communicator at heart who teaches about God’s powerful, relatable Word. She is the author of Over It. Conquering Comparison to Live Out God’s Plan and founder of the non-profit organization, More Than Yourself, Inc. Kristine writes about her God-story and helps others discover their own at www.kristinebrown.net. Connect with Kristine on Facebook at More Than Yourself.