It was a surprise to all. Nobody knew she had the jar with her. If anyone had noticed they would never have guessed what she was going to do. Most of the guests in the room never even noticed the girl until she broke the alabaster box. But then everybody knew. The whole house was filled with the fragrance, and everybody knew what had been inside the box, it could not be hidden. That is the power of the broken vessel! And we have all seen it happen.
Some people share and they are polished, clear and contained. We are impressed by their gift but we know little of their life. But others admit to being nervous, they tell a story of pain and share their struggles. Somehow, their honesty opens everyone’s hearts. We won’t remember their giftedness but we’ll never forget the feeling of awe as the grace and fragrance of Jesus filled the room. Actually, it happens every time someone steps out and take a risk for Christ. Maybe an initial attempt at prophesying or a song. Perhaps it was going over to pray for a new neighbour, or stopping to help someone in trouble when you’re busy. It’s breaking your vessel and releasing the fragrance. And they notice!
Paul said it like this ” But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are ..always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. 2Co 4:7 -10. Paraphrased: “The powerful life of Jesus within me will affect and bless lives if I choose to let my vessel be broken.”
Friend, we can stay self-contained. You don’t have to risk being broken and no one will ever know what or “who” is inside. But it is only when our vessel is broken, that the fragrance of Christ is fully released. Breaking the vessel simply means that by taking a risk, we no longer hinder or impair the expression of the Life that is within us. Go ahead and make their day.