The covenant between men and women requires that you be willing to break open your Alabaster box. An Alabaster box was used in biblical times to carry something of importance to an individual. In Matthew 26:7-9, Mary broke open her Alabaster box to get to her most valued and treasured item– her expensive perfume. She took her perfume and poured it over Jesus’ head not at all concerned that there was nothing left for herself. This was a selfless act on her part. She gave her all out of love and respect for her Lord and Savior.
In reading this passage we find out that the others that were present were in disbelief because they felt it was a waste and surely imagined that it would be worth more for her to sale her perfume in hopes to make a profit. This story touches me every time I read it. I realize how much it costs to give unselfishly to someone you love. In marriage everything may not always be the way you want it or the way you imagined it. However, if you break open your Alabaster box and give freely of all your resources, hurts, and ambitions then and only then can you love your spouse in new ways.
What is in your Alabaster box? Are you carrying pain from the past? Do you keep something on the side just in case your marriage doesn’t work out? Are you depriving your spouse of true intimacy with you because of fear of being hurt?
Whatever it is that you have saved in your Alabaster box break it open today. The breaking of your box will free you. God works best with broken vessels. Allow God to renew your marriage by releasing your most precious possessions. You will be glad you did.