3 And 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.
4 And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made?
5 For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her.
6 And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me.
-How much of yourself do you give to the Lord? It’s a topic with which even the most dedicated among us can wrestle; how long should you pray, how much offering should you give, how far should you go to be a witness? A similar question was probably burning in Mary’s mind as she approached Jesus with her alabaster box; “how much ointment should I use?” The ointment is very costly and the more she used, the longer she would have to work to rub it all in; maybe she could get away with just using a little bit. Somewhere along the way, the right answer came to her because when she approaches Jesus the first thing she does is break the box open. She decided that she was all in; every drop would be given to Jesus and by breaking the box, she was removing any possibility of backing out once she started. When weighing your level of commitment to the Lord, remember Mary’s example and go all in; Jesus gave every bit of Himself for us, it’s only right that we give every bit of ourselves to Him.