Scripture: Luke 7:36-39, 44-50 36 When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 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.38 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. 39 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.”…44 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. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little. 48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”49 The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
Devotional: This is perhaps one of the most beautiful stories in all of the New Testament. This sinful woman, who was clearly despised by her community, humbled herself before Jesus and poured out onto Him her most treasured possession, perhaps worth up to a year’s wages.
There were those at the table with Jesus, who not only rejected this woman, but condemned her for her humble and loving act at the feet of Jesus. But Jesus, knowing her heart, accepted and defended her before her accusers.
It took great courage for this woman to act as she did, knowing she would face rejection in this room of men. But the hope of acceptance from Jesus outweighed her fear of rejection. Very simply, she emptied herself of herself, and was completely at the mercy of Jesus.
The beauty of this story is that she gave all, and received more in return than she could ever imagine. Jesus accepted her, affirmed her, and wiped the slate clean of her many sins. She left that place in complete freedom. And served Jesus faithfully from that day on.
- What would it take for you to give all to Jesus, to humble yourself at His feet and empty yourself of yourself?
- Consider what might be standing in your way: pride, fear, apathy, sin. Pray for the strength to overcome these and receive the acceptance of Jesus.