Good morning Father, may I be drawn like this throughout my day to spend time listening to You, before I begin to do something for You.
I did not write a blog post yesterday. Life and ministry began early yesterday morning. And it continued throughout my day and closed with an amazing church gathering in my home last night. After an open and raw time of worship and prayer we collectively read through and discussed this beautiful story of a heart completely surrendered and in love with Jesus.
“Now one of the Pharisees asked Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went into the Phariseeʼs house and took his place at the table. Then when a woman of that town, who was a sinner, learned that Jesus was dining at the Phariseeʼs house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfumed oil. As she stood behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. She wiped them with her hair, kissed them, and anointed them with the perfumed oil. Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who and what kind of woman this is who is touching him, that she is a sinner.” So Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” He replied, “Say it, Teacher.” “A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed him five hundred silver coins, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?” Simon answered, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.” Jesus said to him, “You have judged rightly.” Then, turning toward the woman, he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house. You gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You gave me no kiss of greeting, but from the time I entered she has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with perfumed oil. Therefore I tell you, her sins, which were many, are forgiven, thus she loved much; but the one who is forgiven little loves little.” Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” But those who were at the table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” Luke 7:36-50.
In our discussions together, when looking at who we wanted to be like in this story, we all agreed we wanted to be not like those in the church, but we wanted to be like the prostitute. We did not want to be the one pointing out sinners to Jesus, but a sinner, forgiven and being touched by Jesus. Jesus knows what is in control of the one thing that controls everything you do in life, your heart. We talked about what controls our hearts? And the discussion that flowed out of this was holy, “real”, and tears were shed.
My ODC family, I pray today you have an honest discussion with the Holy Spirit on what controls your heart. If brave enough, say in complete surrender this prayer to God.
“I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering. Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen”. (John Wesley)
Please pray the same for me. God bless you my friends!!!
Gary Liederbach- Lead Follower
One Direction Community
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