This week the theme God seems to being speaking to me about is treasure. In my post “I need some peace and quiet,” we looked at Jesus’ treasure and how he didn’t allow anything to get in the way of his time alone with His Father. In “How the fruit reveals the treasure,” we we saw how the fruit we see in our lives reveals what we treasure, and therefore what is controlling our hearts.
Today, in Luke 7, we see 2 people who had very different treasure. We don’t know exactly what Simon’s motives were in inviting Jesus to dine. But, it’s clear he didn’t see Jesus as the treasure that he was. He failed to even perform the customary pleasantry of a guest entering someone’s house. He failed to greet Jesus with a kiss. He failed to offer water for Jesus to wash his feet. (Luke 7:44-46)
In contrast, the sinful woman, was so overjoyed, Jesus was such a treasure to her that she wept over him. As her tears ran, then fell on his feet. She wiped his feet with her hair. As she did, she kissed his feet over and over again. She was so grateful. She broke an expensive bottle of ointment and also anointed his feet with that. What a contrast!
Where is my treasure? Which one would I be? If my actions are any indication of how much I treasure Jesus, it looks like I am more like Simon that this immoral woman! How about you?
He who is forgiven little, loves little. But the one who recognizes how greatly he has been forgiven loves the one who has forgiven him deeply!
- You have forgiven me more than I can ever repay (Matt 18). That should produce overwhelming love for you, as it did in this immoral woman. I don’t want to take your love and forgiveness for granted.
- Because your love is better than life, I choose to praise you. (Ps 63:3)
- Your steadfast love extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Your steadfast love is so precious to me. I can take refuge in the truth of it. (Ps 36:5-7)