When Mary of Bethany “broke the flask . . . of very costly oil . . . and poured it on [Jesus’] head,” it was an act for which no one else saw any special occasion; in fact, “. . . there were some who . . . said, ’Why was this fragrant oil wasted?’ ” (Mark 14:3-4 ). But Jesus commended Mary for her extravagant act of devotion, and said, “. . . wherever this gospel is preached . . . what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her” ( Mark 14:9 ). Our Lord is filled with overflowing joy whenever He sees any of us doing what Mary did— not being bound by a particular set of rules, but being totally surrendered to Him. God poured out the life of His Son “that the world through Him might be saved” ( John 3:17 ). Are we prepared to pour out our lives for Him?

“He who believes in Me . . . out of his heart will flow rivers of living water”— and hundreds of other lives will be continually refreshed. Now is the time for us to break “the flask” of our lives, to stop seeking our own satisfaction, and to pour out our lives before Him. Our Lord is asking who of us will do it for Him?"

-september 2nd My Utmost for his Highest.

The story of Mary pouring her precious oil on Jesus is such a beautiful picture of the unrelenting pursuit we should have for Jesus Christ. No blessing the Lord gives me should stay within my own life, but rather should be poured out as a fragrant oil to praise him...

Anyone who knows me, knows that one day (most likely in heaven) I will sing like CeCe Winans or Lauren Hill or anyone with HUGE bursting pipes. This song has literally been on repeat since I left my house this morning. I hope it blesses you like it has been blessing me.