So I’m working on writing up devotions to submit to Portals of Prayer for Concordia Publishing House. That probably doesn’t sound very impressive, but it’s something I want to work on. Well, writing for me isn’t very challenging, what makes this project a little bit of a challenge though is the word count requirement. All submitted devotions must be 250words or less, which includes the scripture posted, the title, and the one-sentence prayer. For anyone who has followed me for even a little while can probably already tell…I’m more of a 1,200-1,300 word kinda girl. Well, hopefully this project will help me to hone my skills help me work toward being a bit more concise as I write. My goal is to grow as a writer and a teacher as I work to be obedient to whatever God puts in my path to do. I tell you all that to tell you this. I’ll be posting some of my little devotions here and I hope that though they are small…they will have an impact on your faith.
Read: Luke 7:36-50, Psalm 6
Turn, O Lord, deliver my life; save me for the sake of Your steadfast love. Psalm 6:4 ESV
Do you love Him more?
Can you imagine the hush that fell in the room as this sinful woman walked in? The quiet murmurs which arose as her tears fell on the Savior’s dusty feet and the audible gasp as she knelt down to wipe them with her hair. Those in the room looked on expecting this great teacher to cast this woman back out on the streets for even approaching Him. Instead, He quietly sits as this precious daughter of His pours out the best she had to offer; her tears, fragrant oil, and her heart broken by sin.
Christ was within His rights to have her dragged away and punished, but something stopped Him. His love for her outweighed the punishment He could have delivered. Christ instead told a simple story which resonated with everyone in the room. Leaving them to wonder, “Do I love much?” We each could easily be that woman, on the ground behind Jesus’ feet, pouring out everything we have to offer, hoping for a scrap of grace. Or we could be others in the room, dishing out our own judgments.
In His abundant love for us, God offers us His best. More than a mere scrap of grace, a grace that covers every possible sin.
Father, thank You for loving us more, thank You for the forgiveness found in Jesus. Amen.