|Worship at Redeemer|
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.
This troubles Simon. He chastises Jesus for allowing her to do this. Jesus responds, saying "Simon, I have something to tell you."
“Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”
Some of us on the worship team were touched yesterday. I looked out on our people, my friends. A few were crying. Hands and hearts were open. How beautiful it was!
Why? Because whoever has been forgiven much, worships much. But whoever has been forgiven little, worships little. True worship is in direct proportion to one's experience of forgiveness. Were Simon the Pharisee at Redeemer yesterday he would have been troubled by what he saw.
During worship I often think of how much I know I have been forgiven of. I also think of the unknown I have been forgiven of. This moves me to tell God how much I love him, to say how thankful I am, and to worship him.
1) to kiss the hand to (towards) one, in token of reverence 2) among the Orientals, esp. the Persians, to fall upon the knees and touch the ground with the forehead as an expression of profound reverence 3) in the NT by kneeling or prostration to do homage (to one) or make obeisance, whether in order to express respect or to make supplication 3a) used of homage shown to men and beings of superior rank 3a1) to the Jewish high priests 3a2) to God 3a3) to Christ 3a4) to heavenly beings 3a5) to demons
Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
To realize this is the beginning of worship.
My two books are:
I'm working on #s 3 and 4 - hopefully out in 2019:
How God Changes the Human Heart (A Phenomenology of Spiritual Transformation)
Technology and Spiritual Formation
AND... I recommend two new books by two good friends:
The Culture: Creating Excellence with Those You Lead, by James Hunter