January 14, 2022

At the Feet of Jesus

Luke 7:44-50

“I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

—  Luke 7:47

In this story Jesus interacts with two sinners: the smug Pharisee who lacks basic hospitality, and a sorrowful intruder who lavishes him with expensive perfume and penitent tears. One points an accusing finger; the other crumbles to her knees in humility.

The reality is that both sinners—in fact, all sinners—must start at the feet of Jesus, where unworthiness is transformed into complete forgiveness and restoration. Righteousness is not earned but granted by grace alone.

Our church has picnic tables on the patio, where members ­often gather to drink coffee after a worship service and—sometimes just hours later—­local teens gather to drink alcohol or use drugs. My mission as a pastor is to extend Christ’s love to both groups, with the hope and prayer that they might one day sit together at these tables and share their testimonies of God’s amazing grace.

Some Christians can have white­washed memories of the seriousness of their own sin, while seekers just meeting Jesus may feel not good enough. Jesus invites us all to meet at his feet, where our tears and his love flow freely. From that level, we can help one another up to walk together as fellow followers. No one is better than another, and we all must know of our need for the Savior and want to grow in faith.

Thank you, Lord, for your grace to a wretch like me. May I never be too proud to fall at your feet in humility and gratitude. Amen. (BMB)

About the author — Al Mulder and Bonny Mulder-Behnia

Al Mulder served as a church pastor in Kansas, Utah, and New Mexico and in ministry roles with denominational missions in North America. He is a member of Madison Square Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Al and Joanna Meyer, both widowed, married in 2020. Together they have eight children, 19 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren.

Bonny Mulder-Behnia began work in ministry after a career in journalism. While serving on staff at Madison Square Church, Grand Rapids, and later at Rosewood Church in Bellflower, Calif., she completed seminary training and is now a copastor at Rosewood Church. Bonny is married to Jahangir Behnia and has two children and one grandchild.

As father and daughter, Al and Bonny have a shared passion for multicultural ministry. Their initials (AM and BMB) indicate which meditations they have written for the month of January.

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