A Great Debt

Scripture: Luke 7:

40Jesus answered him, "Simon, I have something to tell you."
      "Tell me, teacher," he said.

41"Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii,[d] and the other fifty. 42Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?"

43Simon replied, "I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled."
      "You have judged correctly," Jesus said.

44Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little."

Genesis 18,19; Psalms 3; Luke 7 – Passage Lookup – New International Version – BibleGateway.com

Observation: I owe Jesus so much!

Application: I have been so amazed through my life that God would use someone as unworthy as me to do His work.  What a privilege it is to be able to feel His presence in my life.  What a joy it is to know that He loves me even through my faults and imperfections. I know the feeling this woman who kissed Jesus’ feet had.  She is so thankful that God cares for her even though she doesn’t feel worthy of that care.

I don’t know about you, but I know how great my debt is.  I know that even still I am in constant need of His grace, and I know that He has never rejected me, even when I would have rejected myself.

There is no greater love than this.  I see it in the blessings that He provides, I see it in my family, in my wife and children, in my mother and father, in my grandparents and in my aunts and uncles and cousins.  It is a love that goes beyond what I do, or who I am, it is a love that operates outside of expectations.  And even greater than this is God’s love acceptance and grace for me.  He tells me that even if my mother and father forget me (which I could never imagine happening) He would not forget. 

Thank you Jesus!

Prayer: God,

I owe you so much that I can never repay.  I praise you from the depths of my soul and thank you for continuing to be with me even in my darkest times. Grant me the opportunity to show my love for you and the ability to pass it along to others who have not yet understood the depth of the love you have for them.

Love Michael


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