I care what people think of me. Many times I wish I didn’t but the truth is I do. I worry about what others think of me the most when I believe I need someone else’s acceptance in order to succeed. I want people to like my ideas at a meeting or my job experience at an interview or my personality in a new group of friends. It’s amazing how easy it is to worry about what other people think.
Jesus met a woman one day that knew EXACTLY what people thought of her. In Luke 7 it says that she was a sinful woman. Everyone in town seemed to know she was sinful, even Simon the local Pharisee. One night, Simon invited Jesus to dinner but did not show the proper hospitality by giving Jesus water to wash his feet or oil to cool His head. Basically, Simon snubbed Jesus. But this sinful woman kneeled by Jesus and wet His feet with her tears, wiped them with her hair and then kissed and poured perfume on them. Can you imagine what all the dinner guest were thinking? And yet she just kept on adoring Jesus by bathing His feet in her tears. Isn’t that great! She totally did not care what other people thought. But Jesus did.
You see Jesus knew what the people were thinking. Luke 7:39 says that when Simon saw what the sinful woman was doing to Jesus, 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.” The next verse says the coolest thing: Jesus answered him. Did you get that? Jesus answered Simon’s thoughts. Simon didn’t say those nasty things about Jesus and the sinful woman out loud, he only thought them. But Jesus responded to Simon’s thoughts.
Jesus went on to tell a story and at the end Jesus said “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. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven–for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.”
Jesus responded to Simon’s unjust thoughts by telling everyone what HE thought of the sinful woman. This is not just true for her but for you too. Every day in every way imaginable, Christ is proclaiming what He thinks about you. He thinks you are His treasure, His beloved and His precious child. He adores you so much He died for you on the cross. I suppose in each of us there are times we worry about what others think because we long for their acceptance. Let go of worrying about what others think. The truth is the only acceptance that you need, you’ve already received and it’s from Christ.