What Is Your Alabaster Jar?

by SomeGirl on January 28, 2011 · 10 comments

(Guest post written by Patti of Becoming Joyful)

Can you imagine?

Sitting with Him. Eating with Him. Touching Him.

What would it have been like to have been with Jesus when His feet touched soil?

Can you imagine…

“… a woman came to Him with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume, and she poured it on His head as He reclined at the table.”
Matthew 26:7

I think of this woman in her home, preparing to go to Jesus. I wonder… was she nervous? Did she question herself?

I imagine her as passionate and bold, never thinking twice. I imagine that she rushed from her home, clutching her gift with thoughts only of Jesus. Her honoring, extravagant gift.

But I don’t know.

What I do know is that she lavished it all upon Him, crowned him with her offering.

None held back.

Would I have done it?

Unabashed giving, a great pouring out… oh, I want to be that kind of woman.

The disciples were bothered by such an extravagant offering…

“But the disciples were indignant when they saw this, and said, ’Why this waste? For this perfume might have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor.’”
Matthew 26:8-9

It does seem a reasonable suggestion, doesn’t it?

But Jesus patiently explained that her offering honored Him, and prepared Him for burial.

And then He said something remarkable…

“’Truly I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her.’”
Matthew 26:13

And two thousand years later, and half way around the world, we remember her extraordinary offering. A woman who held nothing back and gave her greatest earthly treasure.

But we also remember another who made a different decision. In the very next verses…

“Then one of the twelve, named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, ‘What are you willing to give me to betray Him to you?’ And they weighed out thirty pieces of silver to him. From then on he began looking for a good opportunity to betray Jesus.”
Matthew 26:14-16

Judas Iscariot’s anger at what he saw as financial waste seemed to push him over the edge. So for money in hand he gave up his greatest treasure.

His hoarding brought death. He later understood his error, but too late.

The juxtaposition of these two choices, the one with a great reward and the other with fearsome punishment, they stand like signposts.

And I wonder… what treasures am I holding on to? What is my alabaster jar?

I seek God, and sense no answer but this… you are My treasure, break open wide and offer yourself fully to Me. Make yourself a joyfully extravagant offering.

Lord, help me open my hands to you, offering all that I have, all that I am… holding back nothing, but extravagantly and joyfully pouring myself out for

Alabaster jar Pictures, Images and Photos

What is your alabaster jar?

All scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible.


Thank you SO MUCH, Patti for sharing what God has spoken to you as we read through the Gospel of Matthew in the month of January! You have been a great blessing to us here at SomeGirl’s Website!

(Get to know Patti better and read more of her wonderful writing at her blog, Becoming Joyful. I know you’ll LOVE her as much as I do!)

If you’d like to join along with us, we’re reading Matthew, Mark and John at our own pace as we travel from the celebration of Christ birth, just a few weeks ago, to the celebration of His resurrection in just a few months. The basic plan is to read Matthew in January, Mark in February, John in March and, for a little extra bonus, Isaiah (Yes, from the Old Testament) in April. We’re leaving Luke out because it jump started our study in December as we approached the birth of Christ. I hope you will join along!

Thank you again, Patti!!


Cranberry Morning

Nice post! I think you would like the book, ‘Looking for Jesus’ by Virginia Stem Owens.


Thank you for the suggestion, I will look for it.


Beautiful. I’ll be thinking what my alabaster jar is.

Rachel Ramey

Even from a purely financial perspective, I find this convicting. God has provided all that I have…but how generously am I willing to give it back to Him?


Thanks for another GREAT guest post, Patti! It has been SUCH a joy to have you here and your words have been SUCH a blessing to us all! Thank you! ~ Michelle


This article is timely for me as I am in the process of writing a book based on this woman’s story in the word. Like you, I’m putting myself in her shoes and trying to see how she felt, what inspired her to give her most precious gift to him. At least, I presume it was her most precious gift. As I’m telling her story, I see, just as you did, how I am this woman and must offer myself, my most precious treasure which is my life completely.
Thanks so much. It is so good to connect with those who understand what our Lord is requiring of us.

raquel puli atillo

matagal ko ng gustong malaman anu ang alabastro ko.salamat ur a blessing!

raquel puli atillo

that true! i will offer it to the Lord!

Gail Borgmeyer

What a beautiful website and reflections. A spiritual woman had asked me to meditate on me being the alabaster jar. Sometimes for our inner essence to become alive, we need to be broken for a holy cause. Some will not understand like the disciples or elders. We won’t be able to please the people of self-importance or those not able to see the larger picture. There is no value of being broken for brokenness’ sake. To be broken to anoint the “Annointed One” is to fulfill a calling and to be a vessel for a more noble purpose..



I am not a girl, but I was reading about the story of the woman pouring our her alabaster jar of costly perfume on Jesus and I saw this post.

One important thing to realize when reading this, when they say “very costly” they mean it. Worth 300 denarius which is almost a full years wages or about $9,600 in their day.

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