Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Saint or Sinner

We have all seen her. She dresses provocatively. Men stare at her. We know what her occupation is and we feel that we are doing so much better being busy at home with kids, laundry, cleaning and hosting the pastor for supper tonight.
We know what she does for a living and deep down we despise her......

And behold, a woman of the town who was an especially wicked sinner, when she learned that He was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment (perfume). Luke 7:37 AMP

 Jesus went to a Pharisees' house for dinner...... And she came.....
"Illicit" entertainment was common at those gathering but that did not stop the men (there were only men present at those dinners) from snickering and pointing their fingers. She walked past them, making her way to the head table where Jesus was. 
I wonder what was going through her mind, did she hear the remarks from the other men, did she care......

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41

And we meet her again. This time she is the sister of our good friend. And once again she is worthless. We are slaving in the kitchen and she is with the men....again..... We want to impress Jesus..... What did he say? She.... She has chosen what is better.......

How did this happen? What is it that I am not getting? Mary, the especially wicked sinner, has chosen what is better. She knows the secret to true sanctification. She does not pretend to be someone she is not. She is a sinner, like you and me, she is broken like you and me. She needs a savior like you and me and she goes and seek Him. 

When she found Him, she gave Him everything she had (her perfume, her tears) and everything she was (her means of living, herself). She held nothing back and she felt no shame. She gave it all and in return she received it all....
it will not be taken from her.

And today I want to be her.

I'll bring you more than a song
For a song in itself
Is not what you have required
You search much deeper within
Through the way things appear
You're looking into my heart