God: has a way of selecting the most unusual person for the job…
Luke 7:37-38 (KJV) “And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, and stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment”.
When Jesus walked the earth being God come as a man, he was upbraided and taken to task on numerous occasions for associating and having as companions the base type. He would reply that He hadn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance: hmmm..
In our walk we often forget that we were once sinners and some of us are still sinners at heart; we haven’t got to the renewing stage where we leave that thing alone; we love it more than our relationship and commitment to Jesus, yet we forget and want to look down on the man caught up in the cycle of unrighteousness wherein we ought to pray and adapt a meaningful measure of really letting them know this man.
But I digress a tad bit from my intention today: we get a visit and we have a conversation and then the big proposition, “I have a work for you to do”. Should your answer be yes or no, especially seeing that you have no idea what that job will entail. You just want to be a Christian in your own rights, yes the zeal is there, but it takes a bit out of you to just try and do it right, you just want to live; but that visitor keeps coming with the proposition, “the work, the job”.
Pay careful attention now: that’s how the woman who was classified as a “sinner” got her renowned in Christendom. Going about her business of sinning, then all of a sudden the next trick she picks up is a commission to be more famous than she ever had been in life. All of a sudden she is in the house of a Pharisee of all people, going on a journey where she would be ridiculed, mocked and most likely rebuked for daring to enter.
Yet she stood her ground; you see the job offer when it comes, has one condition, you only have to provide the “yes” and God will provide the Spirit to propel the work. Embarrassment went out the door and she wasn’t too careful that some of the visitors in the house were ex-business acquaintances, her eyes were on that man she had been called to anoint.
And this was the most intimate job she had ever accomplished, but she was in close proximity to this man whom it was to be known later was the Lord of lords; my gosh, how did a sinner get so lucky?
You see, Jesus came to offer hope to the sinners and hope came in the form of offering them work, a job, that task that a righteous man did by rout; the sinner did it with passion and abased herself, so that He, the Son of God could be lifted up.
What about you today; have you been saved so long that you are starting to look down on the sinner? Did your last name change to “Pharisee or Saducee”? Maybe you ought to be rethinking your conversion, but in the words of Jesus, He didn’t come for the righteous but for the sinner; beloved, have you met the Lord Jesus?
New trivia: a king fasted for one of God’s beloved sons; who are these two individuals?