Pour us Out for Love
"Meanwhile, Jesus was in Bethany at the home of Simon, a man who had previously had leprosy. While he was eating, a woman came in with a beautiful alabaster jar of expensive perfume and poured it over his head. The disciples were indignant when they saw this. “What a waste!” they said. “It could have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor.” But Jesus, aware of this, replied, “Why criticize this woman for doing such a good thing to me? You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me. She has poured this perfume on me to prepare my body for burial. I tell you the truth, wherever the Good News is preached throughout the world, this woman’s deed will be remembered and discussed.” Matthew 26:6-13
Pour us out for love. Pour us out for you. Pour us out until nothings left, but your love shining through. Pour us out for love. Pour us out for you. Dig the deepest well within flowing fresh from you; pour us out for love.
Jesus remembered the surrendered.
Jesus said “wherever the good news is preached throughout the world, this woman’s deed will be remembered and discussed” (v. 13). He wanted her discussed, the woman with the oil, anointing the Savior of the world. Why would her actions be so thought provoking? Jesus knew we would walk in a constant battle against the religious box. The disciples did not approve of her expression of love. Her actions made them uncomfortable. From their response they obviously had a man made definition of what would be appropriate. Jesus made it clear her act of worship was considered a good thing.
Jesus rebuked the religious mindset.
What a waste! Jesus rebuked them for not honoring her unique expression. He did not see anything wrong with the way she gave all and poured out her love to him. She dug deep and the oil was offered through surrender. In a room full of men, this woman, in a culture that did not recognize her worth, courageously stepped out and poured the oil. What if our worship was surrendered like the oil poured out for the Savior? What if we raised our hands as if standing before the throne? What if we broke down all the religious walls? What if we gave our life to Christ to rebuild from the ashes? Jesus confronted the religious and opened the door to freedom. “Now set your mind and heart to seek the Lord your God.” (1 Chronicles 22:19)
Her actions made perfect sense to Jesus.
The Bible encourages us to seek the Lord, set our minds on things above and not below. Jesus rebuked many for viewing life from an earthly perspective. God constantly craves connection but we are not continuously mindful of His presence. Choosing presence over performance is a conscious choice as we “set our minds” on Him. “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” (Colossians 3:1–2)
Position your mind to seek His presence.
The woman with the oil set her mind on Christ and soaked in His presence. To be fully present with the Lord and Worship Him in spirit and truth we cannot focus on what pleases man. Our eyes must be on what pleases the Lord. And worship is more than the Sunday gathering. When we understand our position, seated in heavenly places, our life becomes a conduit of endless praise as we pour everything we have out for love.
"And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice--the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him" (Romans 12:1).
We must follow Him.
I want to be like this woman who gave all no matter who was watching. Daily I train my eyes, ears and actions to be fully present and focused on the Father. Perfect no. Persistant yes. Because Jesus told us what is acceptable. We must follow Him. No manmade expectations can comprehend how wide, how deep, how long, how creatively unique the Father’s love is for us. Grounded in His word, and soaked in His presence, we are more than enough to pour His.
God has been pouring songs from heaven. He sings them to me and I sing them back to Him. This is a first draft for the band to learn the song to record in studio but I couldn't wait to share. I hope this song becomes your prayer as it crosses your lips and partners with the supernatural. Pour us out for love, pour us out for you, pour us out until there is nothing left, but your light shining through. Pour us out for love.
God help our life be an offering to you. So your power may be active within and offered to those who seek you. Pour us out for love.