I have been going through the study The Quest by Beth Moore with my mom & sisters for the last fwe months. I originally signed up to do this study with a group of ladies from chuch over the summer, but ended up being unable to attend any of the meetings. Of course, God’s timing is perfect & when I decided to start the study with my mom & sisters each scripture reading and session was EXACTLY what I needed in that season.
Yesterday, as we watched the video for chapter 4, Beth shared a truth from Luke 7 that really stuck with me. Luke 7:36-48 is the story of the woman washing Jesus feet with her tears, hair & precious oils as he ate at the house of a Pharisee. Here is what Luke 7:36-48 says,
36 One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and reclined at table. 37 And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, 38 and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.” 40 And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.”Luke 7:36-47
41 “A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.” 44 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. 45 You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. 46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. 47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” 48 And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
There is so much in this passage, but I specifically want to focus on the question in verse 44…”Do you see this woman?” Jesus wasn’t asking Simon if he was able to actually see the woman, He was asking Simon if he saw the woman as the child of God that she is. He was challenging Simon to see beyond the outward appearance & to try and see her heart and her hurts.
What do you see when you look at the women around you? Do you see their outward beauty only? Do you see their flaws & imperfections? Or do you see them with the eyes that Jesus sees them? We are all broken and hurting and in need of a Savior. It’s easy to compare and analyze others, especially other women, but picking each other apart is certainly not the way Jesus would want us to approach one another.
At the end of the session yesterday, Beth challenged us to be “more God aware & less self aware”. If we focus on seeing other’s through God’s eyes another beautiful thing that will happen is you will start to see youself through His eyes.
- You are beautiful.
- You are fearfully & wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).
- You are a Daughter of The King.
- You are redeemed.
- You are forgiven.
- You are chosen.
- You are loved.
- You are enough.
And just like all those things & so much more are true of you, they are also true of the women we interect with each day. We can be beacons of light & hope to a dark world simply by loving one another. Today, I am going to challenge myself (& you) to see others through Jesus eyes. Who knows what beautiful opportunites that mindset will give you!
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Something else Meagan & I are trying to do is a verse of the week. This week out verse is Psalm 139:14:
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.Psalm 139:14
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.