“You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.”
There are two kinds of people who will never understand your need to take care of yourself: (1) Legalists—they never stop trying to measure up to certain perfectionistic moral, ethical, and religious standards. (2) Serve-a-holics—they sacrifice themselves on the altar of endless church activity, believing it is the only way to please God. Some of Jesus’ disciples did this. When a woman poured expensive oil on His head they got upset. How come? Had they never read the words, “You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows?” In Bible times oil was used for different purposes such as soothing, massaging, and refreshing the body after a long journey or a hard day’s work. God wants you to take breaks—to allow Him to refresh, revive, and replenish you.
You must examine yourself. Are you a serve-a-holic? Are you like the Disciples questioning the use of somebody else’s gift and service? Understand this: when you take care of others, but not yourself, you become spiritually and emotionally drained; you end up resentful because your needs go unrecognized and unmet; and you start looking for relief in the wrong places. When we look to the wrong people and things rather than learning to care for ourselves, we give a foothold to the Enemy. Don’t let that happen to you. Start taking care of yourself spiritually, physically, and emotionally.
Reverend Belynda Gentry