God is not limited by the way things have always been done. We as Christians often allow ourselves to feel like an underdog. When you are filled with the spirit of the living God you are NEVER the underdog! We have an opportunity and truly need to take it concerning those around us… We as the body of Christ must learn to celebrate those around us for who they are, instead of punishing them for what they are not. We cannot love others if we do not love God. We cannot love God EXTRAVAGANTLY until we understand His acceptance of us.
You cannot force love. Its not something that be legislated, it has to be won, and the heart captivated. We as body silently are not convoked the love of God is attractive enough to bring people in to our “family”. As if the love of God will not win the heart of the people if it is preached in it’s purity and truth. Consider the story of the women with the alabaster box. You have an example of two different lovers of Christ. Simon Peter loved Jesus, welcomed Him into his home and was celebrating Him, but the woman with the alabaster box she came and to Him without a word washed His feet with her TEARS and wiped them with her literal hair… this is intense not a biblical cliche. Jesus made comment to the Pharisee you did not even kiss me and this woman has yet to cease. When your filled with your own righteousness and have every bit to do with where you are instead of Him being the reason for where you are of course you would fail to give Him whats due and lose sight of falling deeply madly in love with Him.
I know I am missing a lot here there is so much more on the topic, I am barely skimming the surface. But I want to get a point across. What makes God so “awesome” for want of a better description, and for times sake this is only one reason: What makes Him so good… When God accepts me when I am failing, when I am thriving, when I am trying to do what I know He asks and He is accepting of my brokenness knowing when His great love and mercy is added to my hot mess of humanity, well… through the blood of Jesus God sees me as perfect.
You have a choice to either be the Pharisee treating Jesus as if He is not a big deal or a the woman that was so overcome by His greatness, His goodness and her love for Him that should couldn’t bring herself to even stand before Him! She laid at His feet and kissed Him and washed His feet! If you can PAY for your own acceptance then of course He wouldn’t be a big deal.. whats His purpose? Gods righteousness demanded sin to be punished and in love He did not want to punish me or you. God loves man but hates sin.
When you come to the understanding of what God truly did and what Jesus truly did for us, for me, for you, then you want nothing but to spend your entire life lavishing love on Him, making every moment, every breath about Him and glorifying Him. The realization of our brokenness must come first…the very brokenness that, no matter if you are a multi-millionaire and can buy anything you see, brings the understanding that there is nothing, not one thing we, or I, can/could do, it’s all because Jesus and His acceptance.
Consider the fact this woman was a prostitute, she broke marriages apart, and distorted families! According to the standard of the law in that time period, in order to be made right a sinner must repay all he or she had taken. How would a a person “like” her do this? Impossible! Jesus forgave her sins. period. The purpose of this all is… Jesus asked Simon Peter… “who loves me the most?” (totally paraphrasing but it is truth) and Peter answers “the one forgiven the most”. Jesus’ response… “Peter your missing the point… neither debt could be repaid”. Neither individual could do anything about what they owed. We are ALL lost. “lost and undone without God or His Son” None of us can pay. Sure we know those actively living in sin don’t know Jesus and I could list the obvious sins that came to your mind just now but what about those resting in the law. Those who boast in God….lost too. We shouldn’t harp on the brokenness of man, sure without Him we can do NOTHING but WITH HIM… we can do ALL THINGS and thats the point!
This is the reason grace is being avoided so often… we are still much to full of our own righteousness. This is not a license to do “dumb” stuff, don’t be a fool. Don’t be engaged in sin, but don’t chock the avoidance of active sinning up to you or I having it all figured out. We have yet to arrive or we would no longer be on this old muddy ball known as Earth. The grace and the power and the acceptance and the love of God is what keeps you, is what provides.
I cannot imagine what sort of looks were exchanged between the religious man, the pharisee and the prostitute as they were gathered in that home. Then again I can. I have seen likes that must have been similar if not the same in our churches. The same churches that pride themselves on the love of Jesus they show. No church is perfect so don’t get your panties in a wad over that comment. If you get real for a moment you will admit there is always room for improvement through Him. I know that because there are still lost people only an invite away from meeting HIM.
I truly want your feedback if you have any thoughts on the subject. I do not look down on the body of Christ and everything I have said here is what I have already mulled through with myself. I am so far form arriving but a sinner saved by grace, yes another cliche that is befitting. Don’t be complacent, don’t cease to see growth and find comfort in saying “Im a christian” and leaving it at that. To be a true follower of Christ is to strive to literally follow Him. To be “like” Him and most of our lives look nothing like a reflection of Jesus. Do we read our BIBLE daily? I know I fail I need to read more. Do we pray without ceasing.. its in there, do we pay even 30 min a day? Thats not much in comparison with talking to others. Lets get real. IF we get real… life will no longer look recognizable. A new world. An entirely new life would be found. Like I said I only skimmed the surface, there is so much I want to say and I am sure I have some how offended someone and that is far form my intent or desire. Maybe you have an insight I need to hear, one I have not considered or overlooked, maybe even one I have avoided?! Share.