I love what Luke chooses to highlight in this chapter: Jesus’ interactions with a widow, a slave (owner) and an immoral woman. We are being painted the same picture over and over again; Jesus is an open-minded, compassionate, loving, merciful God hunting after the misfits.
This chapter alone leaves no excuse for someone to claim God couldn’t love them. A slave, a widow and what I’m assuming was a prostitute were all very low on the social totem pole, yet God favors them. If you feel unworthy of God’s love, you are. That is not a lie. You are being lied to when you feel unqualified to receive his love. Jesus has qualified us!
“When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to the crowd that was following him, he said, ‘I tell you, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!’ “ 7:9
It’s fair of him to be in awe of someone actually having faith in who he was. For starters, he was just getting started and people were hesitant. But I can’t help but assume he probably still feels the same way these days, with us. “Hey! They actually trusted me!”
We should aspire to have this impact on Jesus. I want him to be amazed at my faithfulness and be pleasantly surprised by my ability to surrender to him in unthinkable circumstances. Lofty goals, but reading this book has me motivated!
What would be his response to your faith?