In yesterday’s church service, the text of the sermon was Luke 7:36-50 Jesus Annointed by a Sinful Woman. The Pharisee who invited Jesus to dinner and his Pharisee guests assumed they had a right to be at the table with Jesus (they were prideful). The woman, who was not invited, slipped in was behind Jesus; she didn’t feel worthy of being in His presence (she was humble), but she came anyway. “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 7:38)
EVERYONE who was in that room was a sinner. Wherever you are reading this right now – look around. EVERYONE within your sight is a sinner including you. “This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:22-24) That was the first point made in the teaching yesterday. We need to become aware that we are all sinners!
Jesus came to the earth to sacrifice His life for our sins, and was raised to overcome death and sin. Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9) Jesus loves sinners and came here so that we can be counted among the saints in heavenly places – if we only believe and accept Him on faith.
We are to come to Him humbly, as the woman in the story did: weeping and recognizing that we aren’t worthy of His grace, which He is ready to give to us anyway. “For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Matthew 23:12)
And when we have accepted His grace, we need to give grace to others, always remembering that we are still sinners and still fall short of His grace daily. Freely we have received His grace and mercy, and freely we should extend that grace and mercy to others. Freely we have received His forgiveness of our sins, and freely we should forgive others of their transgressions. Freely we have received His encouragement, and freely we should encourage others. Freely we have received His wisdom, and freely we should share that wisdom with others. Freely we have received His love, and freely we should show that love to others. “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” (Luke 12:48b)
To each of us has who have been saved by His grace through faith in Jesus, remember that at some point in our lives we learned about our Savior because someone somewhere cared enough about us to share the Gospel with us. God freely gives us salvation, but in order for people to receive His gift, they have to first hear the Good News. That is where we come in. Freely we have received salvation through His Good News, and freely we should share that Good News with others. “Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’” (Matt. 28:16-20)
Ask the Holy Spirit to give you opportunities to share the love of Jesus. Be the hands and feet of Jesus. Talk with people. Ask about their day. Ask their name. Let them know you are glad to see them. Ask how you can pray for them. You may not get an opportunity to share the Gospel every time, but you can plant a seed of the love of Jesus.