Scripture: Luke 7:36-50
Many of us are moving into a new season, new work, new responsibilities–shifting from the rhythms of summer into the increased demands of the fall. At this hinge between ending and beginning, it is right that we gather to think one more time about our Kingdom legacy. It is easy to get so caught up in all we have to do that we lose focus on who we are becoming. Centering on God and his Kingdom over the demands of this world will often appear disruptive, inappropriate, and wasteful–even to those who have dedicated their lives to the work of the Lord. In Luke chapter seven, we find the story of a woman who interrupted a meal honoring Jesus at a Pharisees house. She came uninvited, weeping and wailing, and poured an absence amount of precious oil on Jesus’ feet after kissing them and wiping them with her hair. The holy people were offended–that she created a scene, that she wasted valuable oil, that she disturbed then in their serious work of thinking about following Jesus. She appeared to be an inappropriate mess.
But in that holy crowd, only she and Jesus understood God’s heart and true holiness. And all the agendas and concerns and tasks that consumed the hearts and minds of the Pharisees that day have long been forgotten, but we still remember and ponder the power and significance of her act. We don’t know her name, but we are blessed by her legacy.
As we move into another frantic season of doing, I hope you will join me, as together we will seek the Spirit’s wisdom and guidance on how to create a Kingdom legacy that will honor God and point to his Kingdom for generations to come.
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