(Luke 7:36-48) When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 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. When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.” Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.” “Tell me, teacher,” he said. “Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii,c and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?” Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.” “You have judged correctly,” Jesus said. Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
Monday Dig Deeper with NHiM~
The woman in the story above was ‘known’ as a sinner. In other words, the whole town knew her for her lifestyle of sins. She had a bad rep. But what I find incredible about this story is HOW she worshipped Jesus in this moment. She may have been a sinner most of her life, but she knew she was missing something in her life. She knew she needed a savior the moment she set her eyes on Jesus. In fact, just hearing he was in town, led her to realize her need. This woman needed a love that would satisfy, and only God can fill that hole.
As she knelt behind him she cried. Her tears covered his feet. Tears of repentance. Tears of love. Tears of gratitude. She then took her hair and in a love-wrecked, humble act, cleaned his dusty feet with it. She had no pride holding her back in that moment. She had just one desire – to worship Jesus.
What does your worship look like? If you already have a relationship with Jesus, you may find your worship today looks different then the day you found Him. Maybe some days it lacks zeal. But if we could choose daily, to remember His sacrifice for us – for the sins we commit everyday, then we would have a heart of worship for our savior that is passionate & unrelenting, one where we push away self-centeredness and get our hearts centered on Jesus. Realize your deep need for Him today and push away all else, even for 15 minutes, and worship Him like the first day you found him.
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