Daniel Eduardo from mission team BrightLine, shares the next of our Lent reflects on intersection of worship and witness.
‘When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. 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.’
There is this really interesting episode that happens during the time of Jesus’s ministry. We can find the story in Luke 7:36 onwards. Jesus is invited to the house of a Pharisee called Simon. While Jesus is there, a woman of infamous reputation within the community shows up to Simon’s house, the Bible calls her an immoral woman. She proceeds to cry at Jesus’ feet, utilize her hair to dry his feet and then pours a perfume. This causes outrage among the Pharisees, one because of who she is and two because of how Jesus reacts to it. Jesus then goes on to say ‘Your sins are forgiven.’
What a story. A story of amazing grace and restoration, a story of incredible worship!
I believe that this is true genuine worship. It’s more than a song, style of music or genre. It about giving worth to someone. In this case, we see this woman pour everything that she had on to Jesus and truly worship him.
Worship and witness go hand in hand. When we tell other people about Jesus, we are in fact worshipping Jesus. We are diverting the attention from us onto him.
As we read in 2 Corinthians 5:11 onwards we see that we as followers of Jesus, who have now been reconciled to God, have been given a message of reconciliation. God makes his appeal through us. When we engage with that, we are worshipping him. It’s about showing the way and pointing to Jesus. Just like John the Baptist did. That is worship.
So during this period of Lent, we have an incredible opportunity to proclaim this message of reconciliation and introduce people to Jesus. Even in the midst of the storms that our society is currently facing, let us show that there is hope, and that hope has a name, Jesus. That is worship.
Father God, thank you for your message of reconciliation. Please help us to worship you more by pointing people towards to you and diverting the attention of ourselves.