Many of us can explain grace in a variety of terms because our minds understand the concept. But few of us have taken hold of the great reality of how grace interacts with the brokenness, the imperfection, and the sin of our daily lives
I sit in thought about the story of the woman who broke her alabaster jar for Jesus. She brought and poured out something of great worth and long-saved value. I have not really been thinking about it in the "give your ALL for Christ" mentality exactly. I think a bit more of our call to love Christ in all our brothers and sisters around us. Now I have to wonder when was the last time I threw all caution to the wind in order to love someone...anyone around me? When was the last time I forgot about proving points or convincing someone of the gospel through words and broke my alabaster jar instead? When was the last time I did not just SAY, "You too are loved by God..." but actually thought it in my heart and then RELATED it to someone?
I also love the response of all the good Christian respectables around the woman. These crazy people! (It's always easy to read a story and call people 'crazy' or 'outrageous' in Biblical stories instead of actually identifying ourselves with them). They see this action as a giant waste...very reckless. When was the last time I did something for someone else, which to everyone else would appear 'reckless' or 'wasteful' (you can waste more than money...like time...possessions...)
For I read this and know Jesus then says, "Leave her alone because people will be telling her story forever because SHE GETS IT!!"
So when was the last time I was reckless!
When is the NEXT time I WILL BE reckless!!