September 24, 2012

 

Luke 7:44-46 (NLT)
Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Look at this woman kneeling here. When I entered your home, you didn’t offer me water to wash the dust from my feet, but she has washed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. [45] You didn’t greet me with a kiss, but from the time I first came in, she has not stopped kissing my feet. [46] You neglected the courtesy of olive oil to anoint my head, but she has anointed my feet with rare perfume.

Observation:  The contrast between Simon and the anonymous woman is clear. Simon neglects Jesus, while she adores him. Simon doesn’t even show basic courtesy expected and demanded in that day, but she worships and attends Jesus. Simon won’t anoint Jesus’ head, but she anoints his feet. Simon’s disrespect, contempt, and attitude are overwhelming, while her love, gratitude, and reverence are beautiful.
Application:  Am I more like the Pharisee, or Perfume Lady? Do I sit in defiance, or kneel in reverence? Do I exude contempt or gratitude? Are my actions the consequences of judging or being forgiven? Am I the look-down-the-nose-guy with the Master’s Degree, or the once-upon-a-time drugged up guy at Emmaus who shouts his praise with enthusiasm, volume, and total disregard for what anyone else thinks?
Prayer:  Lord, when I am honest, I am a strange mix of both of these people who come to know you. I am not contemptuous of you in my heart, but my actions are not those of someone who has fully surrendered himself to you either. Perhaps I do not judge you. But neither am I as grateful and adoring as you deserve. Sometimes I am just distracted. Sometimes I am worried. Sometimes I am just self-centered. Help me to keep your love always before me. Help me to always remember the price you paid for love of me. I love you. Help me love you more. In the powerful and loving name of Jesus.

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