Gracie has a small gift box in which she keeps sheets of small paper with her writings on them. She has termed it as her "Jesus box". Will took it from her room yesterday and she had a fit. "Will has my Jesus box! It has all of the things I've given to Jesus!" she said. After scolding Will to give Gracie's box back to her, I found him sulking on his bed with tears streaming down his face. "I want to give Jesus a present, too, but I don't have anything. And Gracie's not gonna let me use her box!" Will said. Needless to say, it was a grand opportunity for me to explain to my five year old son how giving his heart to Jesus is the best gift he could give.
In Matthew 26:6 we read the story of a lady who entered the house owned by a Pharisee named Simon. She had an alabaster box made of marble with perfumed oil in her hand. Wordless and with many tears, she cleaned the feet of Jesus with the oil and wipe his feet with her hair. "Why this waste? This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor," the Pharisee said (verse 8). The disciples were just as shocked. But Jesus said ever since the lady walked into the house, she had been ministering to him while Simon had done absolutely nothing. Simon was too busy pointing out the lady's faults.
There are 3 noted in this passage: the Pharisee (Simon), the sinner (the lady) and the Savior. The Pharisee is happy with their religion; they are comfortable and don't see the need to change. After all, they take great pride in looking like they have it all together and pointing out the negativity in others. The sinner is tired, broken and ready for change and realizes their need for the Savior.
Of the two, which one are you? Are you content in your relationship with Christ and have just enough of the Savior to get by or are you ready to give up everything you have to get more of Jesus?