Luke 7:41-43 "A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he forgave them both. Now which of them will love him more?" Simon answered, "The one, I suppose, to whom he forgave more." And he said to him, "You have judged rightly."
How do you know the difference between what you want, and what you need? It should be common sense – but often we get confused, and imagine that things we want are really things we cannot live without. Scripture has a short list of things we need – with food and raiment therewith be content. Once we realize that, its a lot easier to see all the blessings that fill our lives.
Its not wrong to want things – its keeping our wants in perspective that is important, that is seeing them as wants, not needs. If you don’t want anything, its easy to go to an auction just to visit with people – the problem is that some of the people really want things, so much that they will pay a great price to get what they want – so at an auction, it is hard to tell how much something is worth, because things generally sell based on how much someone wants it.
We generally don’t auction things we need – only things we want. We’d like to imagine that when it comes to things we need, that would wouldn’t be deprived because someone wanted something, and would pay more than we had, and that we’d go without. Imagine someone who was collecting hearts, and was willing to pay more than someone he needed one for a transplant had – I think we would say that was just plain wrong.
OK, now imagine that salvation was up for auction – whoever won would get forgiveness of sins and eternal life, anyone who did not win, everyone who did not win would perish, that is they’d not just die, but die and go to eternal torment punishment in hell. How much would you pay to win salvation? Is salvation something you need?? Of course it is!
We need salvation because we are all sinners, the wages of sin is death and damnation. The problem is that there is no price we could pay to win for ourselves salvation – the good news is that God sent his son to pay the price and win salvation for us, and to give salvation to us, the forgiveness of sins, as a free gift.
How important is forgiveness? So important that we cannot live without it!
But the question today is not how important forgiveness is, but rather how do we express our gratitude for the free gift of God which is ours in Jesus Christ.
In our text a woman did some pretty incredible things to show how much she appreciated this gift of God.
She gave up her pride
She humbled herself
She gave sacrificially
She worshipped her savior
Why? Because the forgiveness of sins is that important, we just can’t live without it, but God gives it to us in Christ.