“A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?”
Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.”
Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment.Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” (Luke 7:41-49)
Who are you in this story? Do you invite Christ into your home, but offer only the most basic hospitality and criticise His followers? Or do you know that you are a sinner, saved by His grace, ready to pour out all you have for Him and into His Kingdom?
I am the woman. I am poor of heart. I am of the most sinful. But He has cancelled my debts of sin and I now desire to pour my entire self and all I have out at His feet. Everything I have, He gets. All I am is His now. There is nothing I can give Him in exchange for my salvation – it is a free gift. But from the gratitude in my heart flows a love so strong that I want to serve Him with all of me.
What this outpouring looks like will be different for everyone. For me, at the moment, it means renting our house out to live in a city we would never naturally choose to live in, and live as missionaries rather than in formal employment. The beautiful perfume I am pouring out to Him is finance and time. What is your perfume of love?