Scripture reading for March 12th: Luke 7
“Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so He went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, and 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.” (Luke 7:36-38) This astounding act of love and kindness by this woman aroused questions in Simon, the Pharisee whom Jesus was eating with. He had trouble understanding why Jesus would allow this sinful woman to even touch Him.
Jesus told Simon a story about two men who owed a money-lender some money. One owed a small amount and the other a large sum of money. Neither of them could pay so the banker canceled both the debts. Jesus asked Simon which of these would love the banker more? “Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.” (Luke 7:43) Jesus commended Simon for his answer.
Jesus went on to instruct Simon about the woman and Simon’s own lack of love for Him. This woman loved Jesus and showed it by here lavish actions. Simon had not even offered to wash Jesus’ feet! Those who have been forgiven much, love much! Those forgiven little, love little! (Luke 7:47) Jesus then told the woman her sins were forgiven!
Simon’s lack of love stemmed from his lack of understanding of his own indebtedness. Many times we are caught in the same trap. We think that God should be pleased just to have us invite Him to our table. Let’s lavish our love on Him!