“While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table” (Matthew 26:6-7)
As you read chapter 26 of Matthew you discover that it becomes clear from this woman’s act that she felt distant from God, unclean, and possibly even worthless. Her act of pouring out expensive perfume, which caused controversy amongst the disciples, was done from a heart full of desperation and brokenness. This woman with the alabaster jar didn’t wait until she was clean or sinless to pour her perfume before Jesus. We can learn from her. When we feel so far, so distant, so astray, we can come and pour ourselves before Jesus. Often times we forget that it’s not about perfection to come to the feet of the Savior. It’s so much more about having a broken and contrite heart. “My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise” (Psalms 51:17).
How much we love and yearn for God in our hearts is far greater than reaching any level of perfection. It’s easy to get caught up in our flaws or imperfections and forget we have so much to offer. We fail to realize those are the areas God wants to use and will use; we fail to realize that even then we have something to offer. Because even when we are broken, we can still offer Him something great…brokenness. Our broken heart before God is the greatest thing we have to offer Him. In fact, He delights in it.
It was this woman’s act of pure love and brokenness, which got her near to Jesus. I can guarantee that it wasn’t until she offered all she had that she was cleansed and forgiven. This woman, though seemingly had nothing to offer, poured out what she did have: an alabaster jar and her heart; shattered and broken. That was her worship before Jesus’ feet, That was her offering. And as a result, that’s what led to her renewal and transformation.