“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. 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 7:37-38
Sunday we examined how no matter our past or who we are Jesus always invites those that others reject. This woman risked everything she had left to get to Jesus. She brought her most valued possession. A symbol of her future and gave it all to Jesus. She gave her repentant heart and her means of attracting others so that she could have and know forgiveness. Jesus promises that to every person who is willing to come to Him. Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus calls to us, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Everything up until this point for this woman did not change her or her lifestyle. Judging her and condeming her did not change. What did change her way an invitation given by Jesus, to experience His grace, goodness, love and freedom. Freedom from an old life of sin. Freedom to finally be able to be a part of God's family. Freedom to worship the one who she so longed to worship.
So how about us? Are we releasing freedom to people? Are we inviting others to "Come to Me (Jesus)"? Or are we just passing judgement? Are we truly inviting others into our fellowship so that they too may experience what Christ offers? My prayer is that we will not look at segments of broken humanity as "those" people but just as people in need of what Jesus has to offer them. That we will see broken people who need a family and give them the invitation to come to Him, so that, we can enlarge our family circle.
Opportunities are around us everyday to invite others to come to Jesus, as the woman at the well exclaimed, 'Come and See!' Let us be diligent to invite others to the love, forgiveness and freedom we have found in Jesus.
Looking forward to continuing Sunday!
Harvest Community Church of the Nazarene