Beautiful Nails

Today, I’m a business man at work in my cubicle with painted fingernails and toes.

As I showered this morning, I couldn’t imagine washing this beautiful color from my nails:

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And it isn’t because I went to a high dollar salon where the most popular stylist made me look beautiful. It isn’t because the most expensive products had been applied to my fingers to confirm that I could afford such luxuries. It wasn’t because I wanted to show up and make a statement or draw attention to myself. No, it didn’t have to do with anything like that.

My daughter did this to me. In fact, she did it for me. And her smile and her laughter and her love in that moment is a treasure that I dare not forget. I don’t wear this polish today because it is the best by the standards of the world, but it is the absolute best her heart had to offer her daddy last night, and it is more beautiful than the Mona Lisa TO ME.

I wonder if many of us worry about the quality of the sacrifices we might be able to offer up to God and decide to not even make the effort? I wonder if sometimes we forget that it isn’t the burnt offerings, the money in the plate, the time surrendered itself that is beautiful or detestable to the Lord — it is who it is coming from and the heart behind it. No “thing” we could offer our God is a worthy sacrifice, that is true. But when it comes from His Children, offering something in love and gratitude to their “Good Father”, it becomes treasured, valuable, priceless.

This visible nail polish on my hands today are so very precious to me that I don’t care what looks I might get or what questions may come — because I LOVE MY DAUGHTER. Jesus Christ also bears something on his body that shows His love for you.

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He took the stripes and the nails and the crown of thorns and the spear thrust into His side for you, and He wears them because of HIS LOVE FOR YOU. And He also accepts bottles of perfume and tears from His precious children.

Luke 7:36-50 (NLT)
Jesus Anointed by a Sinful Woman
One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to have dinner with him, so Jesus went to his home and sat down to eat. When a certain immoral woman from that city heard he was eating there, she brought a beautiful alabaster jar filled with expensive perfume. Then she knelt behind him at his feet, weeping. Her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them off with her hair. Then she kept kissing his feet and putting perfume on them.

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!”

Then Jesus answered his thoughts. “Simon,” he said to the Pharisee, “I have something to say to you.”

“Go ahead, Teacher,” Simon replied.

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?”

Simon answered, “I suppose the one for whom he canceled the larger debt.”

“That’s right,” Jesus said. Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Look at this woman kneeling here. When I entered your home, you didn’t offer me water to wash the dust from my feet, but she has washed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You didn’t greet me with a kiss, but from the time I first came in, she has not stopped kissing my feet. You neglected the courtesy of olive oil to anoint my head, but she has anointed my feet with rare perfume.

“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.” Then Jesus said to the woman, “Your sins are forgiven.”

The men at the table said among themselves, “Who is this man, that he goes around forgiving sins?”

And Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Do not turn back from showing Him love for what He has done for you because the liar has convinced you that you have nothing valuable or worthy to give.

Mark 12:41-44 (NLT)
The Widow’s Offering
Jesus sat down near the collection box in the Temple and watched as the crowds dropped in their money. Many rich people put in large amounts. Then a poor widow came and dropped in two small coins.

Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions. For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.”

Come, paint his nails with your tears, with your troubles, with your praises, with your prayers, with your time learning to draw close to Him by the Word of God, with your loving service – and see how a life laid down, when you give Him all you have to give, even though it seems like so little to offer in return, is a treasure and a glory to God.

 

One thought on “Beautiful Nails

  1. The beauty of understanding the truths laid out above is that we can read scripture like what is below and not see condemnation, but stand in awe of God, that He has washed us clean, that He has won the victory, and that He is calling us to those perfect and true offerings and not just dead religion, and that He has already prepared and that He will supply us for everything He sends us forth to accomplish. We are not just bought by the Blood of the Lamb, but we are called out to be disciples, followers, ambassadors — all for the glory of God.

    (Amos 5:18-25)
    Woe to you who desire the day of the Lord !

    Why would you have the day of the Lord ? It is darkness, and not light, as if a man fled from a lion, and a bear met him, or went into the house and leaned his hand against the wall, and a serpent bit him.

    Is not the day of the Lord darkness, and not light, and gloom with no brightness in it?

    “I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the peace offerings of your fattened animals, I will not look upon them. Take away from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps I will not listen. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”

    “What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices? says the Lord ;

    (Isaiah 1:11-31)

    I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of well-fed beasts; I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of goats.

    “When you come to appear before me, who has required of you this trampling of my courts? Bring no more vain offerings; incense is an abomination to me. New moon and Sabbath and the calling of convocations— I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly. Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hates; they have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them.

    When you spread out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood. Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.

    “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord : though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be eaten by the sword; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

    How the faithful city has become a whore, she who was full of justice! Righteousness lodged in her, but now murderers.

    Your silver has become dross, your best wine mixed with water. Your princes are rebels and companions of thieves. Everyone loves a bribe and runs after gifts. They do not bring justice to the fatherless, and the widow’s cause does not come to them.

    Therefore the Lord declares, the Lord of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel: “Ah, I will get relief from my enemies and avenge myself on my foes. I will turn my hand against you and will smelt away your dross as with lye and remove all your alloy. And I will restore your judges as at the first, and your counselors as at the beginning. Afterward you shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city.”

    Zion shall be redeemed by justice, and those in her who repent, by righteousness. But rebels and sinners shall be broken together, and those who forsake the Lord shall be consumed. For they shall be ashamed of the oaks that you desired; and you shall blush for the gardens that you have chosen.

    For you shall be like an oak whose leaf withers, and like a garden without water. And the strong shall become tinder, and his work a spark, and both of them shall burn together, with none to quench them.

    (Hosea 6:6-9)

    For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings. But like Adam they transgressed the covenant; there they dealt faithlessly with me. Gilead is a city of evildoers, tracked with blood. As robbers lie in wait for a man, so the priests band together; they murder on the way to Shechem; they commit villainy.

    (Isaiah 58:1-14)

    “Cry aloud; do not hold back; lift up your voice like a trumpet; declare to my people their transgression, to the house of Jacob their sins.

    Yet they seek me daily and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation that did righteousness and did not forsake the judgment of their God; they ask of me righteous judgments; they delight to draw near to God. ‘Why have we fasted, and you see it not? Why have we humbled ourselves, and you take no knowledge of it?’

    Behold, in the day of your fast you seek your own pleasure, and oppress all your workers.

    Behold, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to hit with a wicked fist.

    Fasting like yours this day will not make your voice to be heard on high. Is such the fast that I choose, a day for a person to humble himself? Is it to bow down his head like a reed, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? Will you call this a fast, and a day acceptable to the Lord ?

    “Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?

    Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.

    Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’

    If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in.

    “If you turn back your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on my holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight and the holy day of the Lord honorable; if you honor it, not going your own ways, or seeking your own pleasure, or talking idly; then you shall take delight in the Lord , and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

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