Saturday, June 2, 2012

Jesus Has Something To Say

Jesus was having dinner with a Pharisee named Simon.  An immoral woman came in with an alabaster jar of expensive perfume.  "Then she knelt behind him at his feed, weeping.  Her tears fell on his feet and she wiped them off with her hair.  Then she kept kissing his feet and putting perfume on them."(Luke 7) Simon was indignant, thinking that Jesus should not let a sinner touch him.  "Then Jesus answered his thoughts, 'Simon...I have something to say to you.'" 

So often people sit in church services thinking all kinds of thoughts.  Some people are looking at others and wondering why such sinful people can came to church an act so religious.  Some are thinking about what's for dinner or who will win the game that day.  All those kinds of thoughts and many others are either anti-God thoughts or non-God thoughts.  They take us away from an opportunity to truly worship the risen Savior.  They rob us of our chance to hear from God and grow in Christ.

I can just hear Jesus saying to so many of us as we sit in church thinking thoughts other than God-thoughts or even as we go through life ignoring God's command to pray without ceasing, "I have something to say to you."  Christ wants to speak to us and guide our lives.  Corporate worship is one of those great times to hear from God, through the singing, the praying, the scripture reading, the sermon or just a still small voice.  I think most of us know of our need to hear from Christ but we are unaware that He actually wants to say something to us. 

In the story of dinner at Simon the Pharisee's house Jesus' word is that the more we understand God's forgiveness, the more we will love and worship Him.  The sinful woman expressed her faith in Jesus by loving Him.  Even as we pour ourselves out to Him in love, we are opening up ourselves to hear another word from Him and grow in our faith.  "Faith come by hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ."(Rom. 8:17)  Jesus answers our wondering thoughts and says,   "I have something to say to you!.

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