Remember the story of the woman in Luke 7 who wet Jesus’ feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair? Can you imagine being in her position? She experienced the favor, love and protection of Jesus Himself. The huge burden of her guilt was instantly lifted as she heard His voice tenderly telling her, “Your sins are forgiven … your faith has saved you; go in peace.” What an unbelievable privilege and gift.
What if, the next day, you found her sweeping her home, grumbling about something? You would think, What?! You’ve just had intimate personal contact with Jesus Himself and experienced His grace and forgiveness and love … what could you possibly be grumbling about now? Is He not enough for you?
The other day as I was feeling a little dissatisfied about something, a simple thought came into my heart: He has given me His Son.
He has given us … His Son!
If that doesn’t silence every form of internal murmuring and discontentment, then we need to gaze more thoroughly at who Jesus truly is. Having Him, we have everything. Possessing Him, we lack nothing. Let us not allow lesser desires to take our eyes off the only One who truly satisfies.
“Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ (Philippians 3:8).”
“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Col 3:1).