And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment.
I love the heart of this story. So many powerful themes are here — like generosity, forgiveness, love, worship, grace, faith. What stood out to me is the connection between our worship of Jesus and His forgiveness towards us. So many times my worship or devotion wavers based on how I “feel” in that particular season. But this woman, with her immoral past, reminds me that worship is based on the “fact” that we’ve been forgiven. I love the extravagance of her devotion, lavishly pouring out a year’s wage of expensive perfume onto the feet of Jesus. A perfume that was once used to lure men, is now being used for worship. He is worthy.
Yes wow I love that ... 'a perfume that was once used to lure men, is now being used for worship'... amazing! He can't help but turn things around — turn what was meant for evil into something that used for good! I love that Jesus sees our brokenness as beautiful, that He sees the lost and broken and says that person is the one who can truly overcome and build a life of true love out of pain and brokenness. He transforms a negative into a positive ... nothing is impossible with Him!
Yes, He transforms us through and through. Things from our past (gifting, skills, dreams) once used for the kingdom of darkness become tools for the kingdom of His light, for His glory. I’m thankful for the Cross. He owed us nothing but gave us everything.
Yes exactly, we have all been given gifts to steward by Him and for Him! For His glory - to be used for good, for His purpose, to love others, to build the church, to extend the kingdom, and the very gifts He gave us when we were born are the ones He redeems and resurrects in our lives when we accept Jesus.