Many people are mentioned in the Bible. Some of these people are known for greatness and some are known for the opposite; however, one woman is known for both. This woman remains nameless, but is mentioned in Luke 7:36-50. This woman heard one night that Jesus was invited to dine at a Pharisee’s house. She hurried over to the dinner party with her most valuable possession in hand, her alabaster box. When she arrived she immediately went to Jesus and knelt at His feet. In a true act of worship, this woman began weeping at the feet of Jesus. She washed His feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. She kissed His feet and anointed them with the perfume from her alabaster box. Others at the table mocked this woman’s worship, calling her a sinful woman, but Jesus looked through the surface and saw the heart of this nameless woman. On this night, Jesus forgave that woman of her sins and used her worship as an example for the others.
This story speaks volumes to me because of one reason: I am a sinner and Jesus saved me. In these scriptures, Jesus explains that the ones who have a greater debt forgiven will have a greater love for the one who forgave. This is how I view my life. I am a sinner and I do not deserve the mercy, grace, and love that the Lord shows me every single day, but through His forgiveness I have found a greater love for my God. When Jesus died on the cross He changed my identity from sinner to a child of God. He saved me.
Before this night, this woman was known as a sinner, but after walking by faith and giving her all to God, this woman became known for her worship. Her story is now taught in Sunday school, preached on, and remembered as a story of a woman with a great love for God. Even though this woman was not perfect, she did not let her past determine her future. She did not let her mistakes keep her from going to Jesus that night to worship Him. This woman may not be named in the Bible, but she will always be known. She will not be remembered for her many mistakes that the Pharisee pointed out, but for her worship that Jesus admired.
In today’s society we can become so caught up in the idea of people knowing our name; however, this woman’s faith has challenged me. I want to be known as a woman with a great love for God. A woman that lays everything she has at the Lord’s feet. A woman that cannot miss an opportunity to humbly kneel before Jesus. A woman that is not afraid of what others might think or say because I am too enraptured by the love I have for the Lord and the love He shows me every single day. I want to be known as a woman of worship.
Sarah, 21, is from Texas and is the middle sibling out of three girls in the Barnhill family. She recently graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with her Bachelor’s degree. Her favorite snack happens to be Cheddar Jalapeno Cheetos!