The alabaster jar symbolizes all that we want our lives and our business to reflect. Worship. Love. Service. Hope.
Where do we see oils in an alabaster jar? Biblical history gives us three accounts of an alabaster jar, its contents, its owner, and how it was used.
a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.
While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.
A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.
Each account gives us different details, but it’s the same story. A woman in need of forgiveness, in need of salvation, finds the Savior and conveys her devotion and love for Him in an extravagant act of worship. A year’s wages poured out onto the feet of a carpenter. To Jesus’ followers, the disciples, it didn’t make sense- it was a waste! With so many in poverty around them, this oil could have been sold and the money spent to alleviate the suffering of those around them. But Jesus objects saying, “Leave her alone. It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”
And so we see:
Worship. Love. There is a humility in her approach. She stood behind him. She washed and anointed his feet. This was the lowliest job around. There is a reverence, a respect, admiration, devotion in her act that tells us that the recipient is worthy. She was singularly fixed on her mission. Not even the disciples could sway her, deter her. Now, how can we live our lives as an act of worship? Jesus is no longer here on earth in the flesh with us, but he said, “‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.” (Matthew 25;44-46). So, when we serve others it is like we are serving Jesus; it is an act of worship.
Service. Hope. But what does it mean to serve? Jesus himself “did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45). He served even to His death on the cross. So, we ask ourselves, how do we serve others in our life, and particularly, in our business? We share something so profound, yet simple. A gift of wellness from the Creator’s hand. Plants with powerful means to move the mind and the the body to wellness were crafted by the God of the universe and in His mind before He even gave breath to Adam. And he had a purpose for them. We are unlocking that purpose and opening the door to health, hope, and healing for many. We won’t discriminate, because everyone needs these tools. We offer, we show, we give, we teach, we serve. Each drop makes an impact and brings a measure of hope for those who are weary emotionally or physically. And with God’s help we create “healthier families, one drop at a time.”