What man deems waste, God deems worthy.
By Dawn Hill
A song of love sprung up from within me a few days ago as I laid crumpled in the floor, worshiping the Lord. There was an explosion happening in my spirit, and I found myself singing to Him,
“I break myself at Your feet and release this fragrance to You, my King. I pour it out, pour it out until the last drop.”
An ocean of words erupted from me, and I envisioned myself as a vessel full of His oil, His anointing and His fragrance as I yielded to the breaking of the seal. How could I hold it back from Him? He is worth every ounce of what I could pour out. He’s good to the last drop. He’s not only worth the wait, but He is worth the wasting, the emptying of myself so that He can be glorified and adored.
God is wooing the wasted ones, those who will pour it all out just to see Him glorified. There is the temptation to hoard the oil and to tout of the anointing and our spiritual fatness and worth, but we must realize that the fragrance from the oil is not evident until the vessel is broken open. You can have a tremendous amount of oil held within, but it does not change the atmosphere until you answer the invitation to break. You do not understand the true value until you are willing to waste it all on Jesus.
Mary, the wasted one
Many of us know this story well. John 12 tells of Mary anointing the feet of Jesus with a pound of nard, a costly fragrance associated with kings. This very act filled one sentence, but that sentence tells that the fragrance filled the entire house. This aroma would linger for days, reminding those in the home of that one moment of extravagance. I imagine that for some time after, Mary would smell her hair and be transported back to this pivotal moment with Jesus.
Time and again when it came to Jesus Christ, Mary chose the better portion. It mattered not what others thought of her. She had her sights set on the audience of One. There were those in attendance who left their own fragrance in the air, the smell of disdain and false piety, but it was not a formidable opponent. While Mary wasted herself and this gift upon Jesus, others wasted their opportunity to glorify the King. This lavish act of adoration offended the religious and mesmerized the rest. It was a simple yet profound reminder that expensive worship lasts longer than a moment in time, and pure fragranced worship will always lead us back to the King. What man deems waste, God deems worthy.
You may be asking yourself, “What does this have to do with being wasted on Jesus?” I would respond by saying, “Everything!” Consider yourself as a valuable vessel holding a costly ointment. The moment you surrender your life to Jesus Christ, an aroma fills His temple, and the anointing of the Holy Spirit permeates your very being. But the ointment is not to be bottled up and stifled. It is to be released, and that happens when we choose to break the seal on our worship and the life that is not our own, returning glory back to Him by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The value of the wasted ones
You must realize your value rests in Jesus Christ. His extravagance in atonement and sacrifice is to be reciprocated through those who spare no expense in their devotion to Him. The wasted life is one of passion and pursuit of everything contrary to human logic. The world will never understand your desire to pour yourself out to God. The religious are content in squeezing out the bare minimum. Living the wasted life is costly yet priceless and if done well, it releases a fragrance that intoxicates the Throne Room. Wasted ones release the paradigm that is reformation.
It is easy to focus on the expense of the oil poured out while forgetting the jar holding the oil. Alabaster jars were not without value, and this stone was used to adorn Solomon’s temple (1 Chronicles 29:2). Choosing to yield as God’s habitation is a response to the King’s invitation to come up higher. It is a mandate not only for endued power, but for eternal holiness and consecration. There is an unsettling disregard for holiness when we are content with the life of a polluted vessel while expecting the fullness of His anointing to flow through us. Ecclesiastes 10:1 says, “Dead flies give perfume a bad smell.” The world needs to encounter the fragrance without contamination and compromise.
Alabaster jars were set apart from other jars to host extravagance, and we are no different. As His set apart vessels, our purity through Him and our purpose is as a important as the oil and the fragrance held within. We are chosen to host His Presence and the very atmosphere of heaven. We as His vessels are not only desired, but necessary because the oil will not reach its destination without the jar. God desires to partner with us to release His glory!
There is a beckoning to come closer and to break ourselves open at His feet. There is a drawing to waste it all on Him and to be remembered for the things that matter in eternity. We cannot afford to leave intimacy with Jesus Christ in the dust. He does not want to be an option. He wants to be our everything. We were created to worship God in every aspect of our lives. The wasted life looks different for everyone, but it all leads back to Him.
I encourage you, wasted one, break yourself open and release what He has purposed you to do with the time given to you, all the while returning glory back to Jesus. If it is in intercession for your region, our nation, a generation, or the nations of the earth, pour it out. If it is in evangelism, pour it out. If it is in the public arena through decrees, ministering the Word of the Lord, or in song, pour it out. Pour it out to the last drop. Release His fragrance that is not only intended to fill a house, but an atmosphere beyond four walls and a roof. Be willing to be counted extravagantly foolish for the sake of His love.
Dawn Hill is a prophetic voice and writer known as the Lovesick Scribe. Her ministry focuses on passionately pursuing the Bridegroom while encouraging others to do the same. She serves at Impact HUB in Bristol, Virginia, training and equipping fellow believers to hear the voice of God and to function in the gift of prophecy. She resides in Virginia with her husband and daughter.
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