“…she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.” Luke 7.44
There are no rules or regulations about how to come to Jesus. This chapter in Luke’s Gospel contains stories about two different people and their reactions to him – and they couldn’t be more different!
The Centurion couldn’t even contemplate being in the presence of Jesus. Such was his sense of unworthiness that he sent others to make his request to Jesus. Yet a little later in the chapter, a woman anointed Jesus. She couldn’t get close enough; washing his feet with her tears and drying them with her hair.
Which reaction is the more appropriate? Surely both are correct responses because their actions flowed naturally out of their hearts. An inappropriate reaction would be to adopt a casual ‘take it or leave it’ approach.
As you encounter Jesus - whether it is in a Bible story, through the longings he puts in your heart, or through some other experience of him – don’t treat him casually. Choose to react from your heart and make some response to the one who is revealing himself to you.
“If what I believe is true
what would my heart have me do?”
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