READING Luke 7:36-50
Imagine the indignity of bowing before someone’s feet in front of a room full of people. Imagine loosing your hair and using it as a towel to wash dirt off of someone’s feet. Imagine using not water, but your own tears and priceless perfume to wash away the filth on the bottom of His soles. The sinful woman in this story sheds all dignity in order to serve Jesus. In the same story in other Gospels, Jesus says that “everywhere the Gospel is told,” the story of what the sinful woman did for Him would be told also. Sometimes, serving God does require a lack of decorum and honor. It requires us to lower ourselves to uncomfortable places and recognize the depths to which we need Christ’s love and salvation. It was in her lowliness that the sinful woman was lifted up and made a shining example of faithfulness to Christ. It may be that we find that our lowliness is also the place where Jesus works most completely to raise us back up to honor.
Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.