F.A.I.T.H. Forsaking All, I Trust Him. We must be abandoned to the Savior, the Captain of our ship, our souls.
6 Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?
We claim to know Jesus, but do we follow Him, walking with Him, listening to Him all the time and doing what He says? If this is not our daily experience, then we don’t know Jesus nearly as well as we think!
His intention was to make a way back to the Father through Himself. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is our confirmation. Why would we not take full advantage of His residence in our lives?
Luke gave us two accounts of people responding out of gratitude in not-so-religiously-proprietary ways:
Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 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, 38 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 7:36-38
She broke many social rules by doing what she did. She also invested a lot of money in this action, because perfume was expensive (see Matthew 26:9).
The other is when Jesus healed 10 lepers. He told them to go to the priest for the ritual of being declared clean. As they walked away,
One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Luke 17:15-16
I see this man as a foreshadowing of our worship. He was a Samaritan, so he couldn’t go to the Jewish priests. Who else did he have than the One who healed him? We are that way. Who else do WE have but Jesus?
Let’s be extravagant in our worship of Him today. Let’s get outside our religious box and lavish our gratitude on Him. Let’s abandon ourselves to Jesus!