I’ve been contemplating what it means to be broken and poured out. Broken and poured out like the alabaster jar used to anoint Jesus at Bethany (Mt. 26). What an intimate image: broken AND poured out. It is an eternally significant one, for Jesus himself said that wherever the gospel is preached, it will be told in memory of it.
When I was praying for revelation about what that really means, I found myself saying, “God, I pour myself out because I have faith that you will fill me up.” I had to pause and really think about that. The disciples complained that the expensive perfume the woman poured out was wasted. But what Jesus fills us with is so much more valuable than anything we can pour out.
We’re getting the better end of the deal.
Another story from the bible that I’ve been meditating on is the widow’s oil (2 Kings 4). There is such a prophetic message about God pouring out oil into all of those empty jars. The jars had to be empty first. If I were that woman, I would be looking around my house for jars with stuff in them and start dumping it out. So that what He had to pour out would continue to increase with the vessels I brought. The result was enough for them to pay off their debts and live off for the rest of their lives.
Jesus was broken and poured out for us. He broke His body. Poured out His blood. He is more than worthy of us to be broken and poured out before Him. He takes it all; the good, the ugly. He just wants us. What does that mean for you today?
Make the exchange.
Be broken and poured out before Him. You’ll be amazed at how willing He is to fill you.