Reading> Luke 7:36-38, and verse 50.
In this passage of scripture, we see a women who humbles herself at the feet of Jesus and washes his feet with her hair. What significance does that have? What’s the big deal? Obviously it would be humbling to clean someone’s feet, especially in the Bible times. But why does she clean His feet with her hair?
I love having long hair. It used to be sooo long then I cut it all off (a couple times). Having short hair had it’s benefits, but I just really missed my long hair. Whenever I see a girl with long, thick hair I think she must be proud of it! It takes time, patience, and commitment to grow out your hair.
When this woman washed Jesus’s feet with her hair, she literally took what was “good” about her, one of her best qualities and made it lowly. Because she understood she was a sinner and that her best efforts, were meaningless.
We don’t get a lot of detail about characters in the Bible, so we don’t know what color her hair was, what she did for a living, if she was married, etc… But the Bible does show us the most important details about it’s characters. And that is their heart.
1 Peter 3:3-4 “Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.”
Maybe you don’t have long hair, maybe you love your short hair! And that is fine because the example this woman set was not about whether or not long hair is beautiful, in fact it really isn’t about what to do with your hair at all. It was that we should lay down our best abilities, efforts, and qualities at the feet of Jesus. Humble yourself by giving Him the glory for everything that comes out of your life. The good, the best, and the bad. Because it is in our weakness that His strength is magnified.
What is something that you’re good at? What is something you are proud of? Your hair, your voice, your talents, your knowledge? Whatever it is, use it for God’s glory! Because none of those things matter in the long run. In God’s eyes, a humble heart is more beautiful than hair could ever be.