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Extravagant love!

Scripture reading for March 27th: Luke 7:36-8:3

“When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, and 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 7:37-38)  This was a woman with a bad reputation that those present knew about.  She had come to seek out Jesus and lavish on Him a display of love.  She was moved to the point of weeping a flow of tears so profuse that they literally wet the feet of Jesus so that she could wash them and dry them with her own hair.  She then showered those feet with kisses to show her appreciation for the ‘good news’ that those feet brought into her life! (Isaiah 52:7)

Her extravagant display was not appreciated by those religious folks who watched from across the table.  Their thoughts went to her sinful life and to wondering that if Jesus were such a ‘man of God’,  why was he allowing this sinner to touch Him?  (Luke 7:39)  Jesus then told them a small parable about two men who owed a moneylender a small and a large amount of money.  Because they had no money, this moneylender canceled both debts.  Jesus’ question for them, “Now which of them will love him more?” (Luke 7:42)  The logical answer was chosen–the one who had the largest debt canceled!

Jesus commended them for their perspicuity, and went on to point out that they had not even given Him the common respect of washing His feet as an honored guest, yet this woman had lavished on Him personal washing from her own tears.  They had not greeted Him with a kiss, but this woman kissed His feet!  Extravagant love comes from being forgiven much! (Luke 7:47)

If we only realized how much we have been forgiven!  Or our need of forgiveness!  Our sins are piled as high as the heavens and our reputation in heaven is known!  We have a Savior who will abundantly pardon if we will humbly come to Him in faith!  Faith works by love!  Have you received this pardon?  Have you gone humbly and thankfully to Him?  Today is the day to show extravagant love!

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What do you want from God?

Scripture Reading for April 3: 1st Kings1-4

I often ask people who come to me for advice on direction for their lives a simple question.  If you could do anything you wanted, what would you do with your life?  This question opens us up to many possibilities and helps us discern the true desires of our heart.  If we have truly committed our way to the Lord and delight ourselves in Him, He tells us that He will give us the desires of our heart!  (Psalm 37:4)  We will want what He wants!

Newly crowned King Solomon had an encounter with the Lord.  He had gone to Gibeon to sacrifice to the Lord and that day offered a thousand burnt offerings!  Extravagant worship marked the life of this newly anointed king!  That night as Solomon lay asleep, the Lord appeared to him  in a dream and said: “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” (1st Kings 3:4-5)  Solomon first thanked the Lord for his kindness to his father David in placing him on the throne.  Then he confessed his need for God’s help in ruling His people.  He asked for a discerning heart and wisdom to rule wisely.  (1st Kings 3:7-9)

This pleased the Lord!  Solomon was granted what he asked for and also given by grace what he did not ask for!  God gave him riches and honor so that there would be no equal among kings of that time. (1st Kings 3:10-14)  God’s Word has proved true in history in the life of this son of David!

As we think about the question God asked Solomon, what would you ask the Lord for today?   First, are you passionately worshiping the Lord each day–offering Him extravagant worship and thanksgiving for who He is and His great faithfulness?   If you are not in love with the Lord, your heart will not be focused on doing His will.  Would you ask for riches and honor or something physical?  These things are fleeting and of no eternal value if you are not delighting yourself in the Lord and willing to offer Him what you currently have!

Jesus Christ has been made to us wisdom from God! (1st Corinthians 1:30)  We are told that if we lack wisdom, we can ask God for it and He will give us liberally! (James 1:5-7)  God is no respecter of persons!  He offers us the same choice given to King Solomon of old.  Ask today for what you want God to give you!  Wisdom is found in Jesus Christ and a true walk with the wisest King of Kings who has ever been or ever will be!

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