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Summary: giving

Text. Lk 7:36-38

Intro: WAS SHE A WORSHIPPER, WHAT WAS HER GIFT AND HOW DID SHE PRESENT IT?

a gift is worth more when it is given with the right attitude, and proper actions

that follow..

WHY IS IT NECCESSARY TO GIVE?

settles 4 issues within our lives

1. The Position Issue

(who is going to be # 1 in my life)

2. The Permission Issue

(who has a right to my life)

3. The Profession Issue

(who will enter God’s kingdom)

some say nothing, some don’t stop talking

preacher (new dentures) preached 1st sunday-20min, 2nd sun-10min, 3rd sun. 1&1/2> one congegrant asked why 20 ,10, 1 &1/2 - his reply first week gums were hurting, second week enitre mouth hurting, Cong. the next week feeling better? notice your preached 1 &1/2 ..preacher "I put my wife’s dentures in by mistake"

4. The Possession Issue

(who owns things in my life)

was she a worshipper?

37 When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, 38 and 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.

How can we tell she was a worshipper?

vs 37

1. brought something

we all come with something- whether a song, problem, pain, hurt, trouble, struggle

vs 38

2. behind him

expresses three truths:

not limelight- hidden

knew her place - humility

follow not leading - heart

vs 38

3. brokenness

began to wet w/tears

what was her gift?

TWO THINGS DESCRIBE THE KIND OF GIFT SHE BROUGHT:

MK 14:3 a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume

alabaster jar/Beautiful

1. ELEGANT

the opposite has occcured..

mAL 1:8 When you bring blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice crippled or diseased animals, is that not wrong? Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?" says the LORD Almighty.

vs 13 "When you bring injured, crippled or diseased animals and offer them as sacrifices, should I accept them from your hands?" says the LORD. 14 "Cursed is the cheat who has an acceptable male in his flock and vows to give it, but then sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord. For I am a great king," says the LORD Almighty, "and my name is to be feared among the

Elegance: Not refering to

(prada, gucci, or a some other type of wallet)

You as an individual..beauty begets beauty, Our Attitude

Ability is what youre capable of doing.

Motivation determines what you do.

Attitude determines how well you do it.

Lou Holtz Notre Dame Football Coach

Her gift

expensive perfume

2. EXPENSIVE

What is an attitude?

It is the advance man of our true selves.

Its roots are inward but its fruit is outward.

It is our best friend or our worst enemy.

It is more honest and more consistent than our words.

It is an outward look based on past experiences.

It is a thing which draws people to us or repels them.

It is never content until it is expressed.

It is the librarian of our past.

It is the speaker of our present.

It is the prophet of our future.

It is our best friend or our worst enemy.

John C. Maxwell, The Winning Attitude, (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1999, c1993.

What was her gift

MK 14:3 very expensive perfume

2. EXPENSIVE

KEEP IN MIND WHAT SHE BROUGHT TO JESUS

‚ was worth a years wages

If It Cost ?

After being away on business, a man thought it would be nice to bring his wife a little gift. "How about some perfume?" he asked the cosmetics clerk.She showed him a bottle costing $50.00. "That`s a bit much," he said, so she returned with a smaller bottle for $30.00. "That`s still quite a bit," he complained. Growing annoyed, the clerk brought out a tiny $15.00 bottle. "You know," he said, "What I mean is that I`d like to see something really cheap." The clerk handed him a mirror....

PR 23:6 -7 Do not eat the food of a stingy man, do not crave his delicacies for he is the kind of man who is always thinking about the cost. "Eat and drink," he says to you, but his heart is not with you.

it cost us something each and every time we bring our tithes and offerings and it noticed by all..

Time

If you say to yourself, in five years I’ll have put away enough

to buy that vacation home >cost five years :the phrase "spending your time" is not a metaphor ... it’s how life works

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