“Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet.” Luke ch 7 v 44-45
Christians were the largest religious group in the world in 2015, according to one research organisation. It stated that nearly a third (31%) of Earth’s 7.3 billion people claimed to be Christian. 31% equals 2.3 billion people who professed to be christian (http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/04/05).
The sheer number of people could cause us to wonder if it really matters what we do, we are just one out of that 2.3 billion professing christians! Does He really see and know our every thought and action? And is it really significant to Him how we act and what we think? It seems so unlikely. It obviously matters greatly what the Abrahams and King Davids do, and the Billy Grahams and the David Wilkersons of our modern times. They have influenced their world for God. But what about the ordinary, everyday individual?
We know that He loves us and knows us altogether - the bible tells us that even the very hairs on our head are numbered - which, when you think of the sheer numbers of people alive today, is a phenomenal thought. But does it actually matter to Him what we do, moment by moment?
God spoke to me about this through a lovely poem by Amy Carmichael called Mary’s Kiss. The 2nd verse says:
“Rich is Thy harvest, O Thou Corn of Wheat:
A cloud of lovers gather round Thy feet.
What miracle of love that Thou shouldst miss
Low on Thy feet, one kiss.”
There are billions who love and worship Christ, some do what the world terms a ‘great work for God’, some who are completely unknown, and everyone who is in between. Yet God knows each and every one, and He misses our love if we do not bring it. He knows when one is missing and that matters to Him. He does not miss our ‘goodness’, our ministry, our works, our service, our effort. He misses our kiss. And a kiss is something that everyone of us can bring, it is the simplest yet most precious of things. What a miracle of love this is - the God of the whole universe sees us individually, amongst a cloud of 2.3 billion others, He knows what we do and think, and He misses our kiss of love if we do not bring it.