I think one of the best examples of worship written in the Bible is this one found in Luke 7. A woman came to Jesus, washed His feet with her tears then dried them with her hair. The final touches were her kisses on His feet and the anointing with oil. She is referred to as a sinner (Luke 7:37) and the boldness of this statement implies that hers sins were infamous. Something she is known for in her community. However, she musters up much courage to walk into this Pharisee’s home to worship the Son of God. The way she approaches Jesus demonstrates her humility. “And standing behind him at his feet, weeping,” it says in verse 38, shows her true heart condition as well as her acknowledgment of who Jesus is. She is truly humbled to be in His presence and must have believed that he could cleanse her from her sins. She cannot withhold her tears but instead uses them to wash the feet of Jesus. She then uses her hair, a glorious part of herself (1 Corinthians 11:15) to wipe Jesus’ feet dry. She continues with kissing His feet not once but many times then anointing them with expensive oil. “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.’ “ (Luke 7: 44-46)
What an amazing act of worship towards Jesus! Not a word is spoken yet her behavior speaks volumes. She doesn’t need to say anything because what she did was enough to show how she felt about Him. She loved Jesus with all her heart and in return Jesus forgave her of her sins no matter what they were. “Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much.” (Luke 7:47) And notice where her worship takes place: at the feet of Jesus! She goes directly to His feet upon coming into His presence. At His feet, we are reminded of His perfect, holy being and our need for Him.
She worshiped Jesus in silence, at His feet and, lastly, focused completely on Him. She was not concerned, it seems, with anyone’s opinion of her or what she was doing. She was probably used to being judged so she could put this aside. Jesus was her only focus in this moment. She cared only about what Jesus thought of her. Her example of worship should prompt us to think about how we worship our Savior. Is it wordless? Sometimes we don’t need words. Is it at His feet? Do we recognize who He truly is? And are we distracted or completely focused on Him?
One more very important lesson we learn here is this woman’s story reminds us that we can come to Jesus as we are and find forgiveness!
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