“Simon, I have something to say to you” (Luke 7:40).
The woman was weeping at Jesus’ feet, washing them with her own tears and hair. Simon takes a shot at both of them: If Jesus only knew what kind of a sinner she was, he wouldn’t even let her touch him. But Jesus has something to say to him.
“A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?” Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.”
Simon’s word to Jesus is, “if you only knew what a sinner she is, you wouldn’t even let her touch you.” Jesus’ word to Simon is, “if you only knew what a sinner you are, my feet would have already been clean with your own tears.”
“Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven – for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little” (Luke 7:47).
Seeing your great sinfulness and Jesus’ great forgiveness transforms your heart to love him. And this is the only thing that leads to true obedience. “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15).
So, how are you going to obey today? From love for Christ. And how are you going to love Christ? See your sinfulness and rest in his forgiveness. Forgiveness -> Love -> Obedience. If your Christian life isn’t filled with this kind of weeping joy and love, Jesus might have something to say to you.