Summary: The Lord is worthy to receive unashamed worship. See how this woman gives us the blueprint of true worhsip.
Faith to Empty Your Alabaster Box
Luke 7:36 And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat.
Luke 7:37 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment,
Luke 7:38 And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.
Luke 7:39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.
Luke 7:40 And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.
Luke 7:41 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.
Luke 7:42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?
Luke 7:43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.
Luke 7:44 And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.
Luke 7:45 Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.
Luke 7:46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.
Luke 7:47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.
Luke 7:48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.
Luke 7:49 And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also?
Luke 7:50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.
There seems to be some confusion about what is worship. How do I worship the Lord. Am I supposed to feel something when I worship the Lord. Is the Lord happy with my Praise.
Well I want to start of by first ending the rumor that the only place you can worship the Lord is in the church. When Jesus died on the cross the veil in the tabernacle was ripped from top to bottom, signifying that we can worship the Lord wherever we are. Well, minister Portis does that mean we don’t have to come to church.
No I did not say that and let me clear that up. Hebrews 10:25 tells us not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together. The Lord wants us to come to church and worship Him among other believers in addition to the worship that you give Him outside the church. The Lord has a special blessings for you assembled that you won’t get worshiping alone. Furthermore if you are worshipping the Lord in spirit and in truth, nothing, I said nothing will keep you from coming to the House of The Lord anyway.
So what is Worship? My Bible dictionary defines worship as the human response to the perceived presence of the Divine, a presence that transcends normal activity and is holy. So the definition worship is an activity that exceeds or rises above what we would normally do.
True worship is the realization that the Lord is in this place. And the presence of the Lord you can’t help but to be better that you normally would be. The presence of the Lord will take you to a higher level that you could ever go on your own. But you have to be willing to go and you have to be ready to go. Now what does it mean to be ready and willing, well let me tell you that you cannot go on this journey with baggage.
What baggage? I’m talking about the baggage that we
tend to bring to the house of prayer with us. What happened at work, he makes me sick, she makes me sick, what am I going to cook today, the game is getting ready to come on.
Baggage is anything that is stealing your attention from Jesus and hindering your worship. If you have a desire and you are willing to worship the Lord and let Him take you higher, you must first check your bags at the door. Check them; don’t let them weigh you down.