I want to be a Proverbs 31 kinda gal. You know, the one more precious than rubies. The woman who rises early, works diligently, loves steadfastly, and serves her Lord relentlessly. We all want to be her, right? Here’s the thing…
We have to be a Luke 7 woman first.
In Luke 7, starting at verse 36, an “immoral woman” learned that Jesus was near visiting Simon and went to see Him. Instead of sitting next to Jesus and chatting, she wept at His feet, wiping her tears away with her hair. Jesus explains to Simon:
“I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.” Then Jesus said to the woman, “Your sins are forgiven.” The men at the table said among themselves, “Who is this man, that he goes around forgiving sins?” And Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
Here comes this filthy and sinful woman, a woman like many of us…
She has a dark past and a dusty heart. She may have spent too many nights in bars, lied, cheated, stolen, or gossiped. Whatever the case, her sins were many…I think we can all relate. This next part is where we need to take notes from our Luke 7 sister. In faith she boldly approaches Jesus and begins to weep on His feet. She doesn’t hide in shame or sulk in self-pity, she runs to Jesus. In return, He doesn’t criticize or question, our sweet Jesus forgives. He rights her wrongs and commands her to go in peace. Just like that.
I want to be a Luke 7 woman. I want to be a woman who boldly seeks Jesus. One who runs to Him daily. One who weeps at His feet in complete surrender. One who goes in peace. A woman who claims grace instead of shame.
We must become Luke 7 women before we can become Proverbs 31 women. Before we become the women we want to be, we must lay down the women we used to be. We must put off our old selves and put on the new. We have to humbly surrender ourselves to our Savior, laying down every sin.
This morning I made a list, a very long, ugly list of sins I was holding on to. It wasn’t to visually see how much I had disappointed my Father, but instead a way of offering all of my shortcomings to Him. Thanks to Jesus we don’t have to hold on to our dirty pasts, we can surrender and step forward in freedom. As I prayed I scratched off sin by sin, shame by shame, and let my heart fill with thankfulness for His sweet grace.
Your sins may be many, but His grace is sufficient. My Luke 7 girl, lay down your shame and walk in peace. Let His forgiveness and love transform you from the inside out. He doesn’t want us to approach Him with shame and leave the same. He wants us to draw near to Him in sin and walk away with a clean slate and a calm heart.This is the first step in allowing God to mold you into a God-fearing, Jesus-serving, family-loving woman we all so badly want to be. Let’s stand firm in our faith, believe in His forgiveness, and fully submit to our sweet Jesus.
Lay down your sin and shame.