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The Woman with no Name

“And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, 38 and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment.” – Luke 7:37 – 38.

The sinful woman in Luke 7 is in a bad spot. Her identity has been reduced to her sin. Yet she has learned something about Jesus, and she wants to learn more. Fortunately for your, Jesus’ recurring message to people was simply, “Come.” What do you do when the world has chewed you up and spit you out? You come to Jesus. No matter what you have done, no matter what has been done to you, come to Jesus. This woman has a lot of baggage. She has made many mistakes, but it does not stop her from coming to Jesus. Remember it is not about what you are going through, it is about who you are going to.

People are going to look at what you have done, but God sees what you are going to do. The world will put its labels on you, but God is in the business of changing your name. Throughout the Bible, God was changing names. “Abram” went from being childless to being “Abraham,” the father of a nation. “Jacob” went from deceiver to “Israel,” God’s chosen people. “Simon” went from a frightened and skittish disciple to “Peter,” whom Jesus referred to as “the rock.”Saul” went from Christian-killer to “Paul,” the greatest apostle ever.

This woman was simply known as a sinner, but Jesus had come to give her a new identity. Jesus is not careless. He is careful and welcoming. Maybe you feel like you have no identity. Maybe you feel like the nameless woman. Maybe you think your sin is your identity. I believe that God has a new name for you and that your ability to receive it is limited only by your willingness to go to him. The world is strong, but God is stronger. Remember this: “Everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:4).

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