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Heart of a Pharisee or a sinner?

While reading and re-reading Luke chapter 7 the past weeks, I am overwhelmed by so many facets of Christ that merely 50 verses bring to my mind and heart.  I have been particularly drawn to the experience in the house of one of the Pharisees.

Scripture says that “one of the Pharisees desired Him that He would eat with Him.” Christ went to the house of the Pharisee and shortly after, a woman in the city – which was a sinner – brought an alabaster box and stood at His feet.  This may be a very familiar exchange, but it never ceases to flood my heart upon reading it.  I close my eyes and I envision this woman, a known sinner, who comes before the King of kings with her meager offering.  She breaks the alabaster box, perhaps reflecting that her heart was broken, and poured it out upon Him.  She wept and washed His feet with those tears, more of her brokenness overflowing upon Him.  He received her brokenness.

Let that sink in. He received her brokenness.  He didn’t send her away.  He didn’t say she wasn’t refined or perfect enough yet.  He received her. Now, let that sink in and wash over you.  He receives you.  He receives you.

However, the Pharisee spoke within himself, “this man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that touches him: for she is a sinner.” This Pharisee could not imagine a man of God that would receive such a broken vessel.

Matthew Henry’s commentary on this happening is as follows:

None can truly perceive how precious Christ is, and the glory of the gospel, except the broken-hearted. But while they feel they cannot enough express self-abhorrence on account of sin, and admiration of his mercy, the self-sufficient will be disgusted, because the gospel encourages such repenting sinners. The Pharisee, instead of rejoicing in the tokens of the woman’s repentance, confined his thoughts to her former bad character. But without free forgiveness none of us can escape the wrath to come; this our gracious Saviour has purchased with his blood, that he may freely bestow it on every one that believes in him…Let us keep far from the proud spirit of the Pharisee, simply depending upon and rejoicing in Christ alone, and so be prepared to obey him more zealously, and more strongly to recommend him unto all around us. The more we express our sorrow for sin, and our love to Christ, the clearer evidence we have of the forgiveness of our sins. What a wonderful change does grace make upon a sinner’s heart and life, as well as upon his state before God, by the full remission of all his sins through faith in the Lord Jesus!”

A deep question has permeated me::do you have a heart like this Pharisee or a heart like this “sinful woman”?  Do you have a heart that is too proud to acknowledge your origin and your need for Christ?  Or, do you have a heart that will pour out all to Him, beckoning the only One that can receive your brokenness and your whole?

Let Him say of me, “her sins, which were many, are forgiven; for she loved much.”

Be blessed,

Crystal

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New Year Inspiration

Happy 2013!!

It has been a long time since I have taken the time to sit down and reflect via blogging.  I must admit, the “busy-ness” of life has overwhelmed me a bit in the past month.  During December, I have been taking time to go through old journals, look at promises and goals and to just reflect on 2012.  I reflected on the year in an interesting way: WHO did I become in 2012?  As I look at the year, I see that I became a stronger person, a business woman, a person that created her own schedule, a person who had free time but spent it frivolously, a person that laughed more than in 2011, a person that valued the relationships in her life and a person who wanted to dream bigger than ever before.  In light of this, I have instituted the following “plan of action” for 2013…

I have decided that I am going to dream in the year 2013.  In order to do so, I have made some lists.  Lists?   That’s right, I love lists!  So, I have lists of the things I want to accomplish in 2013: personal, business and spiritual.  Now, this doesn’t seem too outstanding, but here is the twist…I am taking one of those list items each month and focusing on just that.  One.  One item per month to bring me inspiration and direction, to bring me to an expected end: an end that is FINISHED.

Now, there are other aspects of my 2013 plan that are more broad.  Such as, I have scriptures and promises and quotes that are a broad proclamation of the year that I intend to have, but those are things I shall remember daily.  Daily I will proclaim “…the more they afflicted them, the more they grew and multiplied!”  I believe that this scripture from Exodus is for my year because I intend to rise above EVERYTHING that may come at me.  I intend to be triumphant and finish the assignments that God and man have given me.  I will no longer be one that shrinks back at the sight of affliction or hurdles, but one that goes full steam ahead into them because I know that God’s expected end for me is to grow and multiply.

For my 2013 inspiration, I will leave you with the following quote:

“Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.”

~John Wesley

Let us all INTEND to have a year of doing what is in our hearts and hands to do.  Let us not just sit any longer, let us go out there and change lives – but let us start by changing our own.

~Crystal

 

Signs and Wonders

Good Day, All!

In my time in the Word this week, I found this verse in Isaiah that is truly challenging my perspective.  It reads, “…Behold, I and the children whom the Lord hath given me are for signs and for wonders…”  I have always believed that the Lord had great plans for my daughter, but seeing this verse that so clearly states it really rocked my socks off.

Now, the challenge to my heart has been, “am I holding her to this standard?”  Each day, am I believing that SHE has an assignment of the Lord just as I?  Each day are we approaching His Throne together in prayer so that she can see an example of one that will fully trust in Him to bring forth signs and wonders through us?

In the end, it is clear.  God GAVE me Daliah for signs and for wonders.  This day, I would challenge you in this same way.  Do you see that the Lord has GIVEN you children for signs and for wonders?  The signs and wonders may be for you, your family, friends…or for those multitudes out in the world that your children will minister to.

This is an amazing gift and an amazing responsibility.  Lord, give me the wisdom to know how to parent my sign and wonder.  Give me the patience and lovingkindness needed to nurture the gift sitting within.  Use me to show her how to follow after You in a way that so surpasses that in which I have.  And I thank You for my sign and wonder. Amen.

~Crystal