Do you love someone? If you do you probably like to give them gifts. Whether it’s for a special occasion such as a birthday, anniversary, Christmas, or for no special occasion at all – just because you love them.
Do you love God? If you do you probably like to give gifts to Him. I was reminded of this while reading a story in chapter seven of the book of Luke. Jesus is anointed by a “sinful woman.” She takes an alabaster jar of perfume and pours it on Jesus feet, then wipes his feet with her hair. The other guests at the dinner were very upset because of this action. But Jesus was appreciative of the gift.
Jesus asks the guests at the party a question through a story about money:
Two men owed money to a certain money lender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?
The answer was obvious – the one who had the bigger debt canceled. The people at the dinner party felt like they were good people, so they did not treat Jesus with great respect or esteem. The woman though knew she was a sinner and knew she needed forgiveness so she loved Jesus “more” than the “good” people.
Who are we more like? The Pharisees in this story or the woman? How big of a debt has God canceled for you? Have you shown your love lately to God for that “paid in full” receipt?