Self-Consciousness

Have you heard about the woman who’d been bleeding for twelve years, who touched Jesus’ clothes and was instantly healed? Jesus felt power go out from Him and asked who touched Him. Jesus was a Jew, and she would have known that according to Jewish law, her bleeding made her unclean. She probably didn’t want to draw attention to herself, but there was no alternative: She had to own up and face the consequences. I’m not surprised she was shaking. Self-consciousness is rooted in fear, but the humiliation never came. Instead, Jesus reassured her. “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”

I wonder if sometimes my worship of Jesus is stunted because I’m too preoccupied with what others might think. Jesus’ words to the woman set her free, and I’m sure He’d want that same freedom for us too. I can’t promise you’ll never come up against negativity. When Jesus was worshipped extravagantly and perfume poured on Him (Mark 14:3-11; John 12:1-11), people protested that the perfume could have been sold for more than a year’s wages. Judas Iscariot was so incensed, he decided to betray Jesus, but Jesus (who deeply loved Mary) said: “She has done a beautiful thing to Me. … Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

As Hebrews 12:28 says, let us worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.

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