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My Alabaster Jar
September 17, 2010

I realized something this morning about myself that made me make a lot of sense to me.  After struggling with so many things in my heart and working through motives and emotions I came to a very freeing revelation:
 
Building The Prayer Room (the part of the house of prayer reality in the Earth that the Lord has permitted for me to be part of) is not a commission for me anymore -it never was.  No...it's my alabaster jar (Mk. 14:3-9).  It's not my work for Him it's my wholehearted offering to Him. I'm going to spend my whole life making this gift the sweetest aroma it can possibly be.  I'm going to work lots of hours, make little money and put up with tremendous hassle.  I'm going to have a weird schedule, be misunderstood, and I’m going to care about the little details and build this thing with excellence.  And you know what, I'm going to be a little anal about it because this isn’t my job -it’s my alabaster jar and I care about my offering to the Lord.
 
I also realized that this doesn’t have to be just my jar, it can be everyone’s who wants it to be theirs too.  But it’s not yours simply because you say that it is.  It actually takes you giving your heart to it.  It can still be a great part of your life, and a place of refuge for you, but in order to be your alabaster jar it’s going to have to get intensely personal.  TPR is a big enough project that it can be your jar too. I invite you in and warn you at the same time however -it’s a costly jar, just look at what this jar did to David.
 
 
The words of King David about his alabaster jar...
 
“O LORD, remember David and all the hardships he endured. He swore an oath to the LORD and made a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob: "I will not enter my house or go to my bed- I will allow no sleep to my eyes, no slumber to my eyelids, till I find a place for the LORD, a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob (Ps. 132:1-5).”
 
“One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD  all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple (Ps. 27:4).”
 
“For I endure scorn for your sake, and shame covers my face. I am a stranger to my brothers, an alien to my own mother's sons: for zeal for your house consumes me, and the insults of those who insult you fall on me (Ps. 69:7-9).”

Brad Stroup

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