“And Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
I wanted to start with this verse so you could see how different believing in something and having faith in something is. Jesus is invited to a Pharisees house to eat and while there this lady comes in starts to wash His feet with her tears, wiping them down with her hair, then anoints His feet with perfume. The Pharisee is annoyed and thinks this in verse 39 “When the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, He would know what kind of woman is touching Him, She’s a sinner!”
Simons focus was on how bad she was, Jesus was focused on her heart and the fact that nothing made her come wash His feet but her faith in who He was.
See the Pharisees wanted to see miraculous signs all the time but this lady not only believed in who He was but she showed her faith by doing something about it. See we can't get caught up in thinking Jesus is a genie in a bottle we must realize that He is our Lord and Savior. When we do our faith grows and is perfected by Jesus and we seek Him to obey Him and our lives become about others and not ourselves. James, Jesus' brother puts it best in James chapter 2 verse 14 “What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone?” See, the woman's faith made her step up and do, and that made her go to Jesus. What is holding you back from going to Jesus and letting your faith lead you? You haven't been too bad. Your not too far away. Stop and see what Jesus tells the Pharisee Simon in his house.
In Luke chapter 7 verses 41-42 Jesus says, “Then Jesus told him this story: “A man loaned money to two people—500 pieces of silver to one and 50 pieces to the other. But neither of them could repay him, so he kindly forgave them both, canceling their debts. Who do you suppose loved him more after that?” I love the way Jesus paints this picture, he shares in verse 47, “I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.” Simon thinks he is "all that" because he knows the law, the women seeks Jesus because she is humble and wants change. We must remember that the surrender of our will and letting go of who we were is an important step but then we need to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior and let Him make us new. That change helps us understand and gives us the desire to put action to our faith. There is no earning salvation, there is us truly accepting Jesus and repenting our sins. This is what humbles us to not wait for Him but go to Him always. Amen