All she had to do was come. He knew exactly who she was, and he welcomed her. Going against everything culture said to do, she poured out her heart at the feet of Jesus. The world, the religious leaders, everyone around her called her a sinful woman. She was known for her mess-ups and mistakes; drowning in the darkness around her. Jesus came for her. Jesus came for the ashamed. This woman knew what she was worth in the eyes of everyone else, and Jesus created in her a new life. He gave her a new identity. He changed her job description completely. In that moment she was no longer the ‘town harlot,’ she was a disciple of Jesus. Her slate was wiped clean. She laid down her life, her livelihood, to sit and worship, to sit and surrender herself, at the feet of the one person that saw her for what she was; a daughter of God. (Luke 7:36-50)
There have been many times where I’ve brushed over that story with a nod, agreeing with the general message then simply moving through life unaffected. This happens a lot; I hear a good sermon, listen to a beautiful worship song then continue living life like I always have. I go to church every sunday and feel his presence worshiping with the community around me, yet I still live like every other person on this planet; Christian or otherwise. It’s crazy how I proclaim the life-altering, redeeming power and love of Jesus, then walk away with no change inside. Like the woman in Luke 7, I’ve let shame and mistakes I made take the reins. I do this more than I’d like to admit, but here’s the reality: “Jesus said to the woman, “Your sins are forgiven”’ (Luke 7:48). That’s it. Nothing else. Just ‘your sins are forgiven’ no strings attached. He simply forgives. And the woman in Luke 7, well, Jesus took her brokenness and simply made it new again, no striving or work needed. So those moments when there’s too much weight on your shoulders Jesus said, “Come to me, all who are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). He wants to take that load and carry it for you. He wants to be the stronghold you need in your life. He wants that relationship and dependency on him to make you new again.
I’m going to be honest, I’m always more willing to pick up my own mess than let the Father do it for me. I try to bring past sins back into the picture, yet through all of that He forgives and loves no matter what I’ve done. There comes a moment where the only place left to go is to Jesus’ feet. Pouring out all of what I’ve done and what I will do, He says, “Your faith has healed you: go in peace” (Luke 7:50). Then something miraculous happens: what I give up in surrender turns into worship. It changes from an ugly mistake into a beautiful song. He stills the From that moment on our striving is replaced with Jesus. Galatians 2:20 says, “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” His life flows directly through our veins; through him we come alive leaving shame behind.
I want to encourage you guys to put down the shame and past mistakes and live at his feet. Life with Jesus is an epic adventure and His arms are wide open welcoming you in so why not say yes!
Hello buds! My name is Sarah Tate, I am living to be a reflection of Jesus in every adventure He takes me on! Fun fact: I love to worship, hike, and drink endless amounts of coffee! You can find me on Instagram and can follow personal blog!My blog: wanderingandworshiping.wordpress.com