Today’s selected reading continues in the New Testament gospel account of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ as written and recorded by the beloved physician Luke. More specifically, today’s passage is found in the first eighteen verses of the eighth chapter. When you come to this particular portion of Scripture you will find that it begins with Jesus traveling throughout every city and village within the region of Judaea preaching and showing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. After entering into the house of religion to dine with and fellowship with religion, and after having the fellowship between religion and love interrupted by the worship of a sinner Jesus departs from Simon’s house in order that He might travel throughout the region to continue in the ministry for which He was sent. It’s actually quite interesting to think about and consider the fact that the fellowship between religion and love was interrupted by the worship of a sinner who came into the presence of Jesus with her alabaster box of ointment, which she immediately and without reservation broke over the feet of Jesus Christ, and how immediately after this worship of a sinner who was also a woman we read of certain women who not only followed Jesus together with the disciples, but also ministered unto Jesus out of their substance. What’s so absolutely amazing is when you consider what is written concerning the woman who crashed religion’s party with Jesus and how she was a sinner. In fact, it was precisely because this woman was a sinner that caused Simon to loathe her act of worship in the presence of Jesus, and even Jesus’ entertaining of this woman’s actions. Simon thought within himself that if Jesus knew what type of woman this was who entered into the presence of Jesus, He would have prevented her from engaging in this selfless act of extravagant worship in His presence. What’s more, is that in his response to Simon Jesus spoke unto him a parable concerning two individual who owed a debt to a certain individual—the one who owed a great debt, and the other who owed a lesser debt. When neither could pay back the debt which they owed unto this one, both debts were forgiven the ones who owed them. Jesus then follows up this parable by asking Simon which one of these two individuals would love the one who forgave the debts the most, to which Simon responded by declaring that the one who owed the greater debt would love the most. What Jesus then went on to do was speak about this single woman who dared to enter into the house of religion in order that she might pour out her worship upon and at the feet of Jesus. This woman dared enter into the house of religion because she knew that Jesus was present in the house, and she was willing to take the risk to engage in this act of worship—despite the fact that she would be surrounded by religion, legalism, and perhaps even hypocrisy.
Before I get into that which is found and written in the eighth chapter of the New Testament gospel account of the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ as written and recorded by Luke, I can’t help but be gripped and captivated with and by the fact that not only was Jesus willing to enter into the house of religion, but this lowly woman who was a sinner was willing to enter into this house of religion uninvited and without parlor and advanced notice or warning. I can’t help but find within this particular passage of Scripture a wonderful and powerful prophetic picture of certain churches and assemblies within our culture and society today—churches and assemblies which are nothing more than houses of religion. I can’t help but think to myself that despite the fact that there are these houses of religion present among us within this generation, there might be those “Pharisees” within the house who would desire that Jesus would enter in and fellowship with them. This particular account begins and opens up with a certain Pharisee inviting Jesus into his house in order that he might dine and have fellowship with Jesus. I have to admit that I can’t help but wonder what the conversation looked like between religion and Jesus the Christ. WHEN RELIGION AND JESUS AGREE TO SIT DOWN AND TALK! WHEN RELIGION AND JESUS ARE PRESENT UNDER THE SAME ROOF! Scripture is not clear what took place and what transpired in this house between Jesus and this Pharisee, and in fact, it wasn’t even the fellowship and conversation which took place between the Pharisee and Jesus that was the highlight and centerpiece of this interaction and encounter. As you read this passage of Scripture you will find that what is written and contained within it is the uninvited entrance of this woman who was a sinner and her extravagant act of worship in the presence of Jesus, as well as Jesus’ words concerning that which Simon didn’t do for and unto Jesus upon His entrance into his house. It’s worth noting that Luke doesn’t record anything concerning the conversation which existed between the Pharisee and Jesus, but goes into great detail concerning and regarding the actions of this lowly sinful woman who would dare enter into religion’s house in order that she might pour out her extravagant worship before and upon the feet of Jesus’s the Christ. We know absolutely nothing about the conversation which took place between Jesus and the Pharisee, and in fact it isn’t until Simon thought within himself concerning this woman and her actions that we find any mention of an exchange which existed between Jesus and the Pharisee. Consider if you will that which is found and written within the seventh chapter of the New Testament gospel of Luke—first beginning with the actions of this woman, and next continuing with the interaction and exchange which took place between Jesus and this Pharisee:
“And one of the Pharisees desired Him that He would eat with him. And He went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat. And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment. And stood at His feet behind Him weeping, and began to wash His feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment…And He said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven…And He said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace” (Luke 7:36-38, 48, 50).
“Now when the Pharisee which had hidden Him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if He were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner. And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on. There was a certain creditor which had two debtors; the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? Simon answered and said, I supposed that he to whom he forgave most. And He said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. And He turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me now water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven: for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same liveth little” (Luke 7:39-47).
One of the most interesting realities I find within this passage is that Jesus doesn’t acknowledge or even draw attention to what manner of woman this was until He responded to the thoughts which Simon thought within his own heart and mind. As you read this particular passage you will find that Jesus not once did Jesus acknowledge the fact that this woman was a sinner while she poured the ointment out upon His feet, while she anointed his feet with the tears from her eyes, while she wiped His feet with the hairs of her head, and even while she kissed His feet. All throughout the extravagant act of this woman there was absolutely no mention of Jesus concerning and regarding this woman and whether or not she was a sinner. Jesus did not prevent the woman from engaging in this act of worship because she was a sinner, nor did Jesus stop the actions of this woman once she started because she was a sinner. Jesus never drew attention to the fact that this woman was a sinner, but permitted and allowed this woman to stand at His feet behind Him as she anointed His feet with the ointment, as she anointed His feet with the tears from her eyes, and as she wiped those same feet with the hairs of her head and kissed them. What is perhaps the most interesting reality within this passage is that not while it is true that Jesus did not once acknowledge or even draw attention to the fact that this woman was a sinner, however, this Pharisee who saw the woman undoubtedly recognized her, and also perhaps knew of her reputation during those days. It’s interesting and worth noting that this Pharisee seemed to have a knowledge and understanding of this woman and how she was a sinner, and while he didn’t openly and publicly draw attention to it by speaking it aloud—he nonetheless thought it within his heart. Within himself this Pharisee thought that if Jesus were indeed a prophet, He would have known who and what manner of woman this was which touched him, for she is a sinner. WHEN RELIGION KNOWS YOU! WHEN RELIGION THINKS IT KNOWS WHO YOU ARE! WHEN RELIGION CONDEMNS THE REPUTATION OF A SINNER! It’s interesting and worth noting that this Pharisee seemed to know somewhat about this woman, and seemed to know that this woman was a sinner, for the Pharisee thought within himself concerning Jesus knowing who and what manner of woman this was which touched him. Please don’t miss and lose sight of this particular reality, for within this reality we discover the judgment and condemnation of religion—even if it is not publicly voiced or made known among others. This Pharisee did not voice his indictment of Jesus’ entertaining this woman, nor did he voice his judgment and condemnation of this woman openly and publicly, but merely thought it within himself. Aware of the thoughts which were present within the heart and mind of Simon, Jesus called attention—not only to his thoughts, but also to his actions, or should I say lack of action.
THE INACTIVITY OF RELIGION AND THE EXTRAVAGANT WORSHIP OF A SINNER! As you read this passage of Scripture you will undoubtedly notice the stark contrast between the inactivity of Simon when Jesus entered into his house and the actions of this woman who dared enter into a house which wasn’t even her own in order that she might worship Jesus with ointment, tears and kisses. There is within this particular passage of Scripture a wonderful and powerful picture of the stark contrast between the extravagant worship of sinners in the house of religion, and the inactivity of religion in that very house. How absolutely wonderful and incredible it is that although religion entertained Jesus within the house, and even sat down to meat with Jesus, Jesus didn’t acknowledge that which religion did do, but rather that which religion didn’t do. Jesus didn’t draw attention to how religion invited Him into the house, nor even that religion dared sit down to meat with Jesus, but rather that which religion didn’t do, but what a sinful woman did with her ointment, her tears, and her kisses. There is within this passage of Scripture a wonderful and powerful picture of how religion treats Jesus within the house, and how religion treats Jesus is entirely different from how sinners engage themselves in the presence of Jesus. When speaking unto Simon Jesus declared of Simon that when He entered into his house, he gave Him no water for his feet. In speaking unto Simon Jesus declared unto him that he gave Him no kiss, nor did he anoint His head with oil. When speaking unto Simon—after initially speaking unto him the parable of the creditor and the two debtors—Jesus contrasted the inactivity of Simon in his own house with the activity and actions of this woman who entered into his house uninvited and not only stole the show, but also did for Jesus what religion wasn’t willing to do. WHEN SINNERS ARE WILLING TO DO WHAT RELIGION ISN’T! WHEN SINNERS ARE WILLING TO DO IN THE PRESENCE OF JESUS WHAT RELIGION WOULD NOT DARE DO! I would dare say that Simon was willing to have Jesus enter into his home, and Simon was willing to sit down to meat with Jesus, and have fellowship with Jesus, but that was about the extent of his interaction with Jesus within his own house. Simon was okay with Jesus entering into his house, and was okay sitting down to meat and fellowship with Jesus, and perhaps even engaged in some form of dialogue with Jesus under the roof of that house, however, that was the extent of Simon’s willingness to entertain with Jesus. Despite the fact that Simon was willing to permit Jesus to enter into his house, he was not willing to do for Jesus what was perhaps even customary during those days. It is absolutely necessary and imperative that we recognize and understand this, for according to Jewish tradition, how you greeted the guest prior to entering into your home, and how you treated the guest once in your home was something to take note of.
What marks Jesus’ words to and concerning Simon as so incredibly challenging and convicting is that while it is true Simon invited Jesus into his house, and even to sit down to meat with Him, he wasn’t willing to engage himself in what would have been the customary greeting of and hospitality toward a guest when they entered into one’s house. During those days it was customary for a host to give the guest a basin of water with which to wash their feet after journeying along dirt and dust filled roads. What’s m ore, is that it would have been custom to greet the guest whom you invited into and accepted into your home with a kiss on at least one cheek as a sign of respect toward that particular individual. It is incredibly intriguing that what religion wasn’t willing to do within its own house a sinful woman was willing to do—despite the fact that she wasn’t even invited into the house. Religion was willing to invite Jesus into the house, and even entertain Jesus by preparing and putting forth a meal before Him, however, that was the extension of the hospitality of religion within its own house. This woman who not only was a sinner, but who also wasn’t invited was willing to wash Jesus’ feet with the tears from her eyes, was willing to kiss the feet of Jesus, and was willing to anoint those feet with the ointment that was found within the alabaster box which she brought into the house. WHEN SINNERS BRING WORSHIP INTO THE HOUSE OF RELIGION! WHEN SINNERS BRING HOSPITALITY INTO THE HOUSE OF RELIGION! WHEN SINNERS RESTORE HOSPITALITY WITHIN THE HOUSE OF RELIGION! How absolutely wonderful and remarkable it is to think about and consider the fact that despite the fact that religion wasn’t willing to greet Jesus with a kiss, and despite the fact that religion wasn’t willing to give Jesus water for His feet after traveling along the dirty and dusty roads of those days, this woman who was a sinner was willing to do just that. This woman who was a sinner was willing to do for Jesus what religion wasn’t willing to do, and was willing to minister unto Jesus in the house of religion, and was willing to do so in the company and presence of religion, and perhaps those who were present in the house with religion. When speaking unto Simon concerning his hospitality and how he treated Jesus upon Him entering into his own house, Jesus declared how Simon failed and neglected to do that which was customary during those days, and how Simon was willing to do the bare minimum for and unto Jesus—despite the fact that it was Simon who invited Jesus into the house to begin with. Oh, please don’t miss and please don’t lose sight of this particular concept, for it brings us face to face with the inactivity of religion in its own house, and even the inactivity of religion within the house of the Lord.
It’s actually quite remarkable and astounding to think about and consider the fact that despite this Pharisee inviting Jesus into his own home, he did not greet, nor did he even welcome Jesus the way he should have, and even the way which was customary during those days. This actually brings me to question why this Pharisee even desired that Jesus would enter into his home if he wasn’t willing to properly welcome Jesus into his house, and even treat Jesus with the traditional measure of hospitality which was customary during those days. Jesus declared unto Simon that he gave Him no water with which to wash His feet, he gave Him no kiss upon entering into his home, and he did not anoint His head with oil. The words which Jesus spoke unto Simon in his own house were stinging words of neglect and inactivity, for although Simon was willing to invite Jesus into his home, and although Simon was willing to entertain the presence of Jesus in his home, he wasn’t willing to treat Jesus with the respect that was customary—even for a traditional and regular guest who would enter into his house. What’s more, is that Simon was unwilling to treat Jesus with the respect that He deserved, but was willing only to invite Jesus into his home, and to set a meal before him, and that’s about it. Simon was willing to prepare a meal and place it before Jesus, and was perhaps even willing to partake of that meal, and fellowship with Jesus, however, Simon was unwilling to treat Jesus with the respect that was due—not only to any guest which would enter into the home of another, but also the respect and honor that was due unto Jesus. What a tremendous picture this is concerning countless churches and countless assemblies today which might be willing to invite Jesus into the house, and might even be willing to engage in some measure and some degree of fellowship, however, when it comes to bestowing honor and respect upon and unto Jesus when He is present in their midst, these congregations and assemblies neglect and fail to engage themselves in such actions. There are congregations and assemblies among us today which are willing to invite Jesus into their midst, and are even willing to sit down to meat and engage in some degree and measure of fellowship with Jesus in their midst, however, they neither greet Jesus with the respect and honor He deserves, nor do they engage themselves in honor, hospitality and respect once He enters into the house, and once His presence is found within the house. Oh, I can’t help but be reminded of the words which the Lord Himself speaks through the Old Testament prophet Malachi in the final prophetic book of the Old Testament. Consider if you will the words which the Lord spoke through the prophet Malachi concerning the priests and the Jewish people just prior to the four-hundred years of silence:
“A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: If then I be a father, where is mine honour? And if I be a master, where is my fear? Saith the Lord of hosts unto you, O priests, that despite my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name? Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the Lord is contemptible. And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? And if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? Offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? Saith the Lord of hosts. And now, I pray you, beseech God that He will be gracious unto us: This hath been by your means: Will He regard your persons? Saith the Lord of hosts. Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought? Neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the Lord of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand. For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the Lord of hosts. But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, The table of the Lord is polluted; and the fruit thereof, even His meat, is contemptible. Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness is it! And ye have snuffed at it, saith the Lord of hosts; and ye brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an offering: should I accept this of your hand? With the Lord. But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, saith the Lord of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the heathen” (Malachi 1:6-14).
WHERE IS MY RESPECT? WHERE IS MY HONOR? WHERE IS MY FEAR? When you read the encounter and exchange which took place between Jesus and Simon you almost get the sense that Jesus was in fact asking him where His respect was, where His honor was, and where His fear was. Through Jesus’ words which were spoken unto Simon we come face to face with the fact that a sinner who showed up uninvited was willing to do for Jesus what a Pharisee and what religion wasn’t. Religion was willing to invite Jesus into the house, and religion was even willing to place a meal before Jesus and sit down to meat with Jesus, however, that was the extent of the hospitality of religion within its own house. Perhaps the greatest question we must ask ourselves is not necessarily whether or not we are willing to invite Jesus into our house, nor even whether or not we are willing to place a meal before Jesus, but whether or not we are willing to give Jesus the honor, the respect, and even the fear He deserves when He enters into our midst. Simon did in fact invite Jesus into his home, and he did in fact prepare a meal for and place it before Jesus within the house, and was even willing to sit down to meat and fellowship with Jesus, but Simon wasn’t willing to give Jesus the respect and honor a traditional guest would receive upon entering into one’s house. Oh, there are churches, congregations and assemblies which are willing to invite Jesus into their midst, and they are willing to place a meal before Jesus—perhaps worship, perhaps praise, and perhaps even an offering—and they are willing to fellowship as the Word is delivered unto them, however they are unwilling to greet Jesus the way He should be greeted, and even welcome Jesus into their midst the way He should be welcomed. Is it possible that although we might invite Jesus into our midst, and although we might desire fellowship with Him, we don’t treat Him with the respect which He deserves once He does in fact enter into our midst? Is it possible that we might indeed invited Jesus into our midst, and we might even sit down to meat with Jesus once He enters into our midst, and yet we fail and neglect to greet, welcome, and embrace Jesus the way He should upon entering into our midst? I would dare say and would dare suggest that it is possible that we can invite Jesus into our houses of worship, and it is possible that Jesus can in fact enter into our midst, and yet even though He is in our midst, we neither give Him the place, the respect, or even the honor He deserves. Within the house of Simon the Pharisee a sinful woman was willing to give Jesus the honor and the respect which was due unto Him, and she was willing to do it in a house that didn’t even belong to her, and even at the risk of being scorned, mocked and ridiculed by others. This sinful woman was willing to deal with the scorn and the ridicule that would potentially be bestowed upon her—not because of her actions in the presence of Jesus, but because of who she was.
WHEN RELIGION CAN’T SEE PAST YOUR PAST! What marks this particular encounter as so captivating and alluring is that religion couldn’t marvel in the extravagant act of worship which this woman bestowed upon Jesus, for all religion could see was this woman’s past. Religion saw this sinful woman enter into the house uninvited, and religion saw this woman begin to anoint the feet of Jesus with the ointment of the alabaster box, and with the tears from her eyes, and even wiping the feet of Jesus with the hairs of her head, and kissing them, and yet religion could only see one thing—this woman’s past and who she was during those days. What’s more, is that religion could not understand why Jesus would allow this woman to get this close to Him, and would allow this woman to engage in the actions she performed in the presence of Jesus given the past and nature of this woman. What we must recognize and understand is that not only does religion not give Jesus the respect and honor He deserves in the midst of the house, but religion will always be quick to point out your past, and will seek to keep and confine you into who you were as a sinner in the sight and presence of the living God. Religion is not willing to embrace and welcome Jesus into the house the way He should be, and religion will always seek to confine and relegate you into who you were rather than allowing you to break free from your past and from who you once were. It’s worth noting that not only did religion not greet Jesus with respect and honor when Jesus entered into the house, but religion also did not bestow upon Jesus the honor and respect that was due unto Him. Religion was not only indicted for its judgment and condemnation of this woman, but religion was also indicted for its lack of honor and respect toward Jesus upon His entrance into the house. If there is one thing we must recognize and realize concerning this particular encounter and interaction, it’s that religion was indicted—both for its lack of respect and honor toward Jesus, as well as for its judgment and criticism toward this woman who was a sinner. It is necessary that we recognize and understand this, for religion can easily be discerned in our midst by religion’s treatment of Jesus, and religion’s perception of sinners who enter into the house. A JESUS INVITED YET NOT RESPECTED! A SINNER UNINVITED AND JUDGED! Simon invited Jesus into his house, yet did not respect or honor him, and this sinful woman showed up in that same house uninvited, and was judged and criticized within the heart and mind of religion. There is within this passage of Scripture—not only a powerful prophetic word and warning concerning the honor and respect we give unto Jesus in our midst, but also our thoughts, our perception, and even our treatment of sinners when they enter into the house.
WHEN SINNERS ARE WILLING TO DO WHAT RELIGIOUS FOLK AREN’T! WHEN SINNERS ARE WILLING TO LOVE MUCH WHILE RELIGIOUS FOLK WANT TO JUDGE! There is within this passage of Scripture a strong and powerful contrast between respect and love, for within the house of Simon we find a lack of respect toward Jesus by Simon, and the extravagant display of love which was put on display by this woman who was a sinner. Within this particular encounter, and under this very roof we find the tremendous contrast between love of Jesus and respect toward Jesus, and how religion was unwilling to respect and honor Jesus, but how a sinful woman was willing to demonstrate extravagant love and worship before and toward Jesus in religion’s house. In all reality, I am convinced that what we find within this particular encounter is not only a wonderful and powerful picture of extravagant love put on display, but also the absence of respect and honor. WHEN LOVE IS PUT ON DISPLAY IN THE ABSENCE OF RESPECT! I would dare say that within this single encounter—not only do we discover the tremendous need for respect and honor toward Jesus within the house, but we also notice a tremendous need for love and affection toward Jesus in the house. I am thoroughly convinced that even though we might invite Jesus into our houses and our homes, and even though we are willing to sit down to meat with Jesus—neither amount to anything if respect and love, honor and affection are not displayed toward and before Him. It is true that Jesus might be present in our midst, but that doesn’t mean He is getting the honor and respect He is owed and which He deserves. It is true that Jesus might be present in our midst, however, that doesn’t mean that He is being loved and shown affection the way He deserves. The question we must ask ourselves when reading this passage of Scripture is how we are treating Jesus when He enters into our homes and our houses of worship, and whether or not we are willing to give Him the respect and honor He deserves, and demonstrate love and affection toward Him. The question we must ask ourselves is whether or not we are willing to treat Jesus with the respect and honor He deserves—despite the fact that religion and religious folk cannot and will not make any attempt to do. How absolutely wonderful and fantastic it is to witness a sinful woman being willing to do what religion should have done, but was unwilling to do, and in all reality failed to do when Jesus entered into the house. Within this passage we find Jesus indicting Simon—not only because of what He was unwilling to do for and unto Jesus upon entering into his home, but also for his judgment and criticism of this woman who although she was a sinner, poured out extravagant love upon Jesus, and as a result, found her sins forgiven, and salvation coming into her life.
It is this context that we come to the eighth chapter of the New Testament gospel of Luke and discover certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities who ministered unto Jesus out of their substance. How absolutely remarkable and wonderful it is to think about and consider the fact that directly on the heels of a sinful woman pouring out her extravagant worship upon Jesus at His feet we find it written concerning certain women who were not only healed of evil spirits and infirmities, but who also ministered unto Jesus out of their substance. What’s more, is that these women had names which were mentioned in Scripture, for we find these women were Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, and Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna. Even more than this, is the fact that although there were only these three women whose names were mentioned by the beloved physician Luke in this particular portion of Scripture, there is every indication that there were other women who were part of this company, for Luke writes how in addition to these these three woman whose names we are given, there were many others. It was this company of women who ministered unto Jesus out of their substance. It is necessary that we pay close attention to this, for in the previous portion of Scripture we find a sinful woman pouring out her extravagant love and affection toward Jesus, and in this passage we find it written how certain women ministered unto Jesus out of their substance. MINISTERING UNTO JESUS OUT OF THEIR SUBSTANCE! MINISTERING UNTO JESUS OUT OF YOUR SUBSTANCE! The question we must ask ourselves is not only whether or not we are willing to pour out our extravagant love and affection toward Jesus, but also whether or not we are willing to minister unto Jesus out of our substance. The poor widow who put her two mites into the treasury gave more than all those who had given their offerings into the treasury, for she gave out of her lack whereas others gave out of their abundance. Oh, there is something about giving out of our lack, and ministering from out substance that is absolutely critical and vital in our worship of the living God, and of Jesus the Christ, and the Holy Spirit. There is a tremendous invitation that is being given—not only to give out of our lack and need, but also to minister unto Jesus out of our substance. Will you give out of your lack unto the Lord, and will you minister unto Jesus out of your substance? Are you willing to enter into the house of religion uninvited in order that you might bestow upon Jesus the honor and respect, the love and affection He is so worthy of, and which He deserves?