The Gift of His Presence

Suzie Eller

Day: 11 | Plan: Luke

Today’s Reading: Luke 7

Luke 7:44 (NIV) Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, ‘Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.’”

In our busy lives, it might be easy to overlook the immense gift of Jesus’ presence. We know He is near, but do we show it?

In Luke 7, we meet Simon, a Pharisee, who invited Jesus to dinner. The party is going well until a sinful woman walks in. She kneels by Jesus and begins to weep, her tears falling on His feet as she dries them with her hair.

Luke 7:39 describes Simon’s reaction: “When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, ‘If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.’”

In response, Jesus paints a contrast between the Pharisee and the woman. Simon didn’t wash Jesus’ feet, but she washed them with her tears. Simon didn’t kiss Him on the cheek, but she kissed His feet over and over again. Simon didn’t offer Jesus oil for His head, but she poured out costly perfume.

Jesus gave the woman a gift of forgiveness. He’s trying to give Simon a gift as well. Sadly, Simon has no appreciation that the Messiah is near.

Do we appreciate His presence?

Our faith can become about a day of the week, or a duty to fulfill. While once we longed to talk to Jesus, we may put Him last as we do things that seem more important. When that happens, we forget He desires to be with us.

Matthew 28:20b reminds us that Jesus is with us always, even to the end of the world.

Revelation 3:20 tells us that He longs to dine with us.

Romans 8:38-39 says that nothing can separate us from God.

He is with us.

How do we acknowledge this beautiful gift?

We wash His feet with our tears.

That may be as simple as pausing in our busy day to recognize His presence—in our hearts, in our homes, in our closest relationships, in our hard places, in the good.

We kiss His cheek.

We thank Him for showing up. We refuse to take our faith or His presence for granted. We whisper thank You with our words, and with our lives.

We anoint His head with oil.

When the fallen woman poured perfume over Jesus’ feet, it was costly. It was something you might do for a king.

We serve the King of kings. (Luke 19:38)

We don’t have the ability to pour oil over Jesus’ head, but we can pour out our lives as we surrender to His will over our own and trust Him with every aspect.

When we do these things, we thank Him for His presence. We consider the debt He paid on our behalf. We kneel at His feet, kiss His cheek and let our tears of gratitude fall. 

Prayer: Father, thank You for sending Your Son to live in my home and in my heart. I kneel at Your feet today. I kiss Your cheek in gratitude. I give You all of me. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

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