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Monday, March 03, 2008

What a Waste

A beautiful singer leads worship at a small local church.

An eloquent writer writes only in a private journal.

A skilled attorney pursues a career in teaching.

A wealthy politician works so hard he has a heart attack at a young age and never travels the world like he'd dreamed of doing.

A successful chef becomes a missionary in a third world country and never steps foot in a kitchen.

Have you ever heard the expression "Wasting your life"?

Some waste their lives by throwing away skill, talent and education.

Some waste their lives by never living up to potential.

Some waste their lives on poor choices.

Some, very few, waste their lives on Jesus.

In Luke 7, we see a woman who "wastes" a very expensive jar of perfume anointing the feet of Jesus. "When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, and 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." (Luke 7:37-38)

The others there objected. Jesus tells a story about two men who owed debts of unequal amounts and how when debt is forgiven the one who had a bigger debt feels more gratitude.

This woman had big debt. She had big debt forgiven. She had big, shameful failures that followed her around town...all forgiven by Jesus. She had big gratitude.

"Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little." (Luke 7:47)

Big sins.

Big forgiveness.

Big love.

"Then Jesus said to her, 'Your sins are forgiven...go in peace.'" (Luke 7:48 & 50b)

Big results.

Big waste?

Today spend time meditating on the forgiveness you've experienced in Christ. Have you "wasted" any of your time, talents or possessions on Him in response to the freedom He has given you? How can you worship Him today?

Meditate on the following verses.
"A heart at peace gives life to the body..." (Proverbs 14:30)

"The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever." (Isaiah 32:17)

1 comment:

Renee said...

Lisa, some thoughtful posts. Yes, I was living the wasting your life scenario to the tee! That is why I am out telling strangers the good news of the gospel whether they like it or not! Sometimes I still get discouraged and wonder if I'm "wasting my time" but that's when I realize that I am only the sower the rest is for the Lord to handle. We are here to glorify the Lord in everything we do. PRAISE HIM!