Listen to this devotional:
Luke 7:36-37 – A woman of the streets — a prostitute — heard [Jesus] was there and brought an exquisite flask filled with expensive perfume. Going in, she knelt behind him at his feet, weeping, with her tears falling down upon his feet; and she wiped them off with her hair and kissed them and poured the perfume on them. (TLB)
Many churches (including mine) take a strong stand against any form of gambling, because they understand the personal cost paid by those enthralled by the faint hope of ill-gotten gains. However, that doesn't stop people from visiting casinos or buying lottery tickets. Sometimes, they even give them as gifts, to people like me.
"What on earth would I do if this ticket won?" I asked my hubby. "How could I possibly give any of it to any church anywhere?"
What to do? What to do? I searched my Bible for answers.
This Luke 7 woman was a prostitute. She paid for that perfume with the proceeds of her sinful life. And Christ accepted both her and her offering, with love.
No, I didn't win the lottery. But if the circumstances arise again, I'll be ready. How about you?
Prayer: Lord, we are so ready to judge, but when the ball comes into our own court, the decisions are not so easy. Give us wisdom, Lord, as we deal with the ethical questions that bombard us daily. You know right from wrong. Teach us, we pray, in Jesus' name. Amen.