Make a Way for the One: Week 4 - Day 3
Lord, please open my heart to receive the word you would have me hear today.
Read: Luke 7:36-38 (NIV)
“When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.”
In every society throughout the ages there have always been people who were on the fringe, outcasts, shunned by those who consider themselves to be superior. Over and over we see that Jesus went out of his way to reach out to these societal misfits. The woman at the well. A woman caught in prostitution. Lepers. Beggars. A Roman Centurion. The grace and mercy received through forgiveness is the gift that Jesus provides for everyone, regardless of social status, political affiliation, prison record, or any other stigma we may want to attach to someone else.
Make a time to step outside of your comfort zone and reach out to someone who lives in an entirely different social world than you do.
Father, I long to love others the same way you love me. Help me see everyone the way you see them, and give me the courage and strength to love them in your name.