Today, I want us to talk about a Bible story that has left me completely awe – struck. One of my favourites really.
And as I do, I pray that the mighty Spirit of God shall back my words. That these words shall be of God who sent me, that it will minister to you in a special and unique way, and at the end of it all, you and I shall be blessed. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
Luke 7:36-38 NIV
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.
Wow. At that time you see, it was customary for a host to assign the lowliest of servants to wash the feet of visitors. Oh and the feet of guests had to be washed because they lived in dusty deserts, and wore sandals. And so walking on the streets always resulted in very dirty dusty feet. (You can imagine!)
So, this unnamed woman who the Bible refers to as “sinful” came into the house of Simon. She assumed the lowliest of positions by washing the feet of Jesus, but she didn’t just stop there! She took a step further and washed his feet with her tears! What?! Imagine how much tears she shed just to be able to wash those feet. That to me, is one of the greatest acts of humility I’ve seen.
She didn’t stop there, she wiped those feet with her hair! Her hair oh. The Bible calls the hair of a woman her glory. She gave all her glory to Jesus. Just wow.
And then she kissed his feet and poured perfume on it. She gave Jesus her substance.
It no longer had any importance to her, all she wanted was to worship her Jesus, and so she gave it up. Glory.
Luke 7: 39-48 NIV
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.”
There is no condemnation for them who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)
Like Simon condemned the sinful woman, the world may condemn you, people might make you feel like God will never love you, like you’re too dirty to enter into His presence, but Jesus Christ will never condemn you. Just go to Him as you are, and remain in Him.
Luke 7:40-43 NIV
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, 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.
Simon tried to condemn this woman, but Jesus told him an interesting story. This has to be my best part.
The one with the bigger debt forgiven will love the moneylender more right?
When you understand where God has taken you from, where He’s brought you to and where He’s taking you to, you will worship Him as such.
This woman knew that Jesus had taken her sin, her guilt, her condemnation away. She worshipped Him as such.
People looked at her and couldn’t understand what she was doing, wiping dirty feet with her hair, but she understood. She knew what Jesus has done.
Listen, you have to know what God has done in your life so you can worship Him as such. When people try to interfere with your worship, it should be inconsequential because you know the debt that Jesus paid for you, and so you love Him as such.
I’ll share a personal experience. I was at the mall with my sister on this day, and an old friend we’ve known for years walked up to us and said hi. Of course we were excited to see him. Then he said “I heard you’ve become one of those born again sisters, always doing prayer and fasting. I’m sorry for you.” His exact words.
He left, my sister and I looked at each other and we laughed. If only He knew how far Jehovah had taken us.
Beloved, don’t let anybody interfere with your worship.
Luke 7 : 44-46 NIV
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.
How is that Simon hosted Jesus in his home, a whole Jesus Christ of Nazareth, yet he gave Jesus no water for His feet, no kiss, and no oil for His feet?
How do you treat the presence of God? How do you respect the presence of God? How do you act in the presence of God?
Give God all of you.
Luke 7:47 NIV
Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”
I pray that this ministers to you, as it has ministered to me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.