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,
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 7:37-38]
What is the cost of grace? Do we know the cost of God’s graciousness toward us? A woman who was looked down upon as a sinner (probably a prostitute) approached Jesus as he visited the house of a prominent Jew, and knowing the gravity of her sins, she wept at Jesus feet and wiped her tears with her hair. Here was a woman who recognised that sin makes us filthier than the dirt under our feet. She was also humble enough to demonstrate that if we lay our most treasured crowns down at Jesus feet (our pride, possessions, and all that we hold so dear and cherish) and receive his grace in forgiveness then nothing would be lost to us. For in him we have everything.
As a prostitute, the woman’s hair was a great asset to her. So she showed to all around her that even her greatest possession was nothing compared to what Jesus had to offer. What is the cost of God’s grace to you? For me it means everything and it affords me the greatest of my desires, which is to dwell in the presence of God forever.
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