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TEXT : Matthew 26:7 “There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat….”

Jesus allowed others to minister to Him. Do you? ‘A woman … having an alabaster Box of very costly fragrant oil … poured it on His head … But when His disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste?” … when Jesus was aware of it, He said “She has done a good work”’ (vs. 7-10). There’s an important lesson in this story. You must allow the care you pour on others, to be poured on you, otherwise you’ll burn out. Jesus practiced this principle. So did the psalmist: ‘You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over’ (Psalm 23:5). In order for your cup of service to stay full, it must continually be refilled. In as much as people generally treat you according to how you treat yourself, you must learn to treat yourself right. It’s a good thing to take care of others, but sometimes we hide behind that in order to avoid having to take care of ourselves – or because we don’t know how. Again, in our subconscious we feel it is unnecessary to care for ourselves-to demand for it or probably should it be a must from others? The question is: How can we fulfil Christ’s command to ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ (Mark 12:31), this is a very important revelation we need to think deeply about. Many of us become resentful of the demands people dump on us each day without ever willing to give anything back in return. When the world you live in makes endless withdrawals, you must learn to make deposits; otherwise you’ll end up with insufficient funds and pretty soon those cheques will start bouncing everywhere – morally, emotionally, and spiritually. Who’ll give back to you – if not you? This is the will of God ask God to open your understanding more of how his love works in our lives. This will further strengthen our will to take care of ourselves and also avoid burn- outs

Meditation: Rom. 12:9

Bible Study
Gen. 41; Mark 11; Job 7; Romans 11

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