I was reading Luke 7:36-50 this morning.
In summary, one of the local Pharisees invited Jesus over for dinner.
Jesus reclined at the table. (Le’t just say how much I can appreciate Jesus’ eating style. I recline like a bad boy myself. See mom! I don’t have to sit up. Jesus didn’t!!!)
A random woman in town found out Jesus was hangin at Pharisee Joe’s house.
The bible says specifically “She was a sinner”
She somehow makes her way INTO the house.
She pulls out some expensive oil and starts rubbing it on Jesus’ feet.
Not Bed Bath and Beyond stuff people.
This was some Rodeo Drive swag.
She is weeping, rubbing oil on Christ’s feet, kissing Christ’s feet, and wiping his feet with her hair.
The Pharisee says to HIMSELF (like mumbles under his breath, not outloud…)…”Seriously. This guy is clueless. He’s no prophet. This is straight up the last 6 months Miley Cyrus touching Him” (Loose paraphrase.)
Jesus then, cause He’s got super hearing, calls Pharisee out.
And this isn’t the Calros paraphrase…
“Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she, with her tears, has washed My feet and wiped them with her hair. 45 You gave Me no kiss, but she hasn’t stopped kissing My feet since I came in. 46 You didn’t anoint My head with oil, but she has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. 47 Therefore I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; that’s why she loved much. But the one who is forgiven little, loves little.”
A few things here people.
1. Why is every pastor in America not this accessible? There is something broken in our way of ministry.
2. Whatever your excuse is for my point number 1, put yourself in the woman’s shoes… now give your excuse again.
3. This woman represents me. I get her.
4. If you EVER find yourself saying anything about anyone in your church that even remotely resembles what the Pharisees were saying, which I find myself saying a lot, cause I’m human and not Jesus and stuff, PLEASE come back to this scripture.
It will straighten you out.
My megachurch pastor Pete drives a golf cart around the parking lot picking people up from their cars. Yes he has a dude making sure he doesn’t get capped, but he’s VERY accessible. And I love it.
Recline a little when you eat…
And make sure you place yourself in a situation where you are more accessible than you were yesterday.
It’s better that way.