Thankful Thursday

Thursday, September 04, 2014

“And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.”
(Luke 7:37-38)

SHOW UP

Despite the sin in this woman's life, she felt a freedom to show up and show Jesus love in the midst of those who would look on her in disdain. This sinner loved her Jesus.

When we really LOVE God, we’ll show up in unfavorable places.

The sinful woman loved Jesus so much that she showed up to worship Him in the Pharisee’s home. The Pharisees home was an unfavorable place for a sinner. Her lifestyle, which paid for the expensive ointments and perfumes in her alabaster box, made her stand out like a sore thumb. However, when she knew that Jesus would be at this particular house she didn’t hesitate to make sure she was there too, even if she wasn't welcome there.

When we really LOVE God, we’ll show up despite who likes us.

How many times have you decided not to show up somewhere because someone who doesn’t like you would be there? This woman could have easily not gone to that Pharisees’ house because she knew she would be ridiculed and ostracized. Nevertheless, she needed to see the man who would free her from her sins! Because Jesus, whom she loved, was there, she showed up despite those who didn’t like her. The love she had for the Master moved her more than the insults from the Pharisees. She ignored them to adore Him.

When we really LOVE God, we’ll show up and transform the environment.

The sinful woman's presence changed the atmosphere from taunts to thanksgiving. Her tears filled the room with joy, rather than jealousy. She changed the mood from wickedness to worshipful. It wasn’t about whose house she was in, but about the man she LOVED who was in the house. She loved Jesus and when she showed up everyone in the house felt the measure of love within her!

Sometimes the place we worship could change if we changed the way we worshipped. The best way to exhibit how much we love Jesus is by showing up to offer thanksgiving to His name even when we find ourselves in a lonely place. When we love the Lord, we don’t have to prove it to anyone else but Him. 

This Thankful Thursday know, like this sinful woman, that others cannot stop your love for the Lord. Her love for Jesus helped her show up to the Pharisees house even though they judged her. She showed up not to be recognized, to boast, or to show off her latest hairstyle.

She showed up for Jesus. 

Will you show up to thank God today?


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7 comments

  1. I think sometimes what happens is that we come to worship with the wrong idea of why we are even going. We get so caught up in worldly things like "what we're wearing" and "what other people are thinking" or "will we be able to sit beside that 1 person" to the point that we allow our worship to be hindered because we are not giving of our best or even our attention to God. Scripture says that God loves a cheerful giver (2 Cortinthins 9:7), but how do we give cheerfully if we can't even give in the right mindset because our minds are cluttered with other things that are going on. Cluttered with things like "well that brother gave more than I did" or "am I giving enough to get overall the number to go up" or "I know I did my part". Even in communion, the bible tells us that we are to "examine ourselves". So when we come to worship are we going there with love and reverence to God, are we really giving thanks to God for what He's done and learning about him, or are we too distracted by the small and insignificant? And one more thing, worship that you give does effect the worship of other people! There have been countless times where song service was more effective, in my opinion, because we were all singing together as a unit. My point being we effectively shared in worship! But I don't think I could have ever effectively did that with candy crush on my mind:)

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    1. That's so true, many times we are so caught up in the community of worship, that we miss the heart of worship. If all gathered with the sole purpose of lifting Jesus, praising God, and considering one another and provoking one another to love and good works, it would be such a joyous, Spirit-led, communion with God the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost! What we focus on is truly important. Mary wasn’t looking around, distractedly or deliberately at those in her presence, she headed straight for the Master. Let us all be encouraged to worship God together, humbly, in purity or heart and soul, members of the Lord, raising our hearts to the Lord, focused on the sacrifice of Jesus, sending up prayers of thanksgiving and supplication...UTTER JOY would fill the atmosphere!

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  2. I really needed this. Thanks ladies!!! #needprayer

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    1. Tamara, we are praying for and with you. You are not alone on this journey and we thank God that just for a moment you received encouragement from one of our posts. Please let us know if there is anything we can pray for specifically!

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  3. Amen! There have been plenty of times where didn't go places because of another person was present.

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    1. We've been there too Debra, and it does no good to deprive ourselves of a good time because of someone else. We in turn have given them control. Trusting in Jesus and showing up to worship Him is the total payoff rather than fear!

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