And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil...Then He said to her, Your sins are forgiven...Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.' Luke 7:37-38,48,50
I hope that you can relate to the woman in these verses. Her story starts out pretty bleak. All we know about her is that she was a sinner, and everyone in town knew it.
But that's not the most important thing about this woman. The most important thing is that her heart was broken over her sin. How do we know? We know because as soon as she knew where to find Jesus, she invited herself to the party and gave everything she had to Him. Quite likely, she had given everything she had to many men, but this was different. This was deeper. This was not an offering of her body as she had given to others; this was an offering of her heart, her soul, and her very life.
When she knew where to find Jesus, she took the only thing of value she had and poured it out on Him. She wept tears of loving repentance to wash His feet and then dried them with her hair. She humbled herself, dirtying her own hair so that His feet could be clean, knowing that as soon as he walked into the dusty street they would be dirty again. She kissed His feet with kisses of pure innocence and love.
She sought nothing from Him, but in offering everything, she received more than she gave. She received forgiveness. She received wholeness. She received a brand new start, a new life, and an opportunity for a new reputation.
This is why I hope you can relate to this woman. Have you recognized your need for Jesus and offered yourself to Him?
Prayer Lord Jesus,
I love You! I need You and I offer You everything I have! I lay myself at Your feet. Please forgive me and help me to live a life that is different because it belongs to You.