Ask anyone if they’ve ever broken one of the ten commandments, and most of us will admit that we have, several times. There’s really no question as to whether we’ve sinned, the real question is whether we’ve humbled ourselves in repentance.
In Luke chapter 7, we find Jesus at the home of Simon the Pharisee. We also find a “sinful” woman, most likely a prostitute, who was there with an of alabaster jar of perfume. Though she was sinful, we see this woman washing Christ’s feet with her tears and wiping them with her hair. Then, sparing no expense, she poured out the costly perfume on His feet.
How many of us have humbled ourselves to that extent? How many of us continue to humble ourselves day after day?
In those days it was customary to wash your guest’s feet and to anoint their heads with oil. Unlike our cities and towns, ancient roads were unpaved. If they weren’t dusty, they were damp and dirty–therefore it was necessary to wash your feet when you entered a home.
Normally the servants were assigned to the job, which is why it was humbling when Jesus knelt down in John chapter 13 to wash the feet of his disciples. If there was no servant in the home, the host would furnish a basin of water to offer his guest, who would then wash his own feet. (International Standard Bible Encyclopedia)
In this portion of scripture, Jesus stepped into the home of Simon the Pharisee who neglected to serve him.
His lack of humility was a stark contrast to the woman who was ready and willing to wash his feet with her tears, and dry them with the hair on her head.
Some “Christians” today are like Simon. They like the idea of being associated with Christ, yet have never humbled themselves at His feet. But if we truly love God the way that we say we love God, we’re ready to humble ourselves and to pour out our love at His feet.
Nothing sets a person so much out of the devil’s reach as humility. – Jonathan Edwards
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Read the story of Jesus and the sinful woman found in Luke 7:36-50
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14, KJV)
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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