“And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do the same.”
The world works off the principle of give-as-you-get. Tit for tat. Eye for eye. Jesus teaches a higher principle: love your enemies, v. 35.
Does my emotion cause me to react in kind, or does the mind of Christ permit me to respond always with love?
#votd #Luke #love
“Now when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, ‘Lord, do you want us to call fire to come down from heaven and consume them?’”
The disciples had to learn how to deal with rejection. They wanted retaliation. Jesus continued to pursue his mission in Jerusalem.
Do you get sidetracked by rejection? How can you develop the laser focus of Jesus to complete your task of sharing the gospel?
#votd #Luke #rejection
“As the crowds were increasing, Jesus began to say, “This generation is a wicked generation; it looks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.”
Jesus was concerned for numbers, as long as those numbers reflected true understanding of God’s will. Otherwise, he worked to pare the numbers down.
Does a concern to please others and fill seats dampen my enthusiasm for the truth and for helping people face their sins?
#votd #Luke #church-growth
“Someone asked him, ‘Lord, will only a few be saved?’ So he said to them, ‘Exert every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.'”
Was it a kind concern for others that motivated the question posed to Jesus? The question seemed to expect a positive answer, based on previous teaching of his.
Jesus often did not answer questions with a direct reply. Here, he directs the person not to numbers, but to self. Make sure you are saved. It reminds one of John 21.21-23.
#votd #Luke #salvation
“He replied, ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away’” Luke 19:26.
Other than a “wee little man” many may not know who Zacchaeus was. As a tax collector, Zacchaeus, in the normal practice of his profession, was a state-sanctioned thief who stole more money from his fellow Jews than Rome said he needed to collect. He was despised, yes, but he was a part of the 1%. A Have—in a sea of Have-Nots. Yet, he repented and was willing to give up his ill-gained worldly wealth for eternal riches. This prompts Jesus to tell the parable of the Ten Minas that ends with the one who had the most wealth and who invested it to present his master with an increase to be given the mina of the servant who had buried his. How unfair that seems from a worldly perspective, yet how often God turns our logic upside-down. To be strong, we must become weak. To gain our life, we must lose it. Rather than fighting our own battles, we must cease striving and know that He is God. In Jesus’ view, Zacchaeus was never richer than when he gave it all away.
Where is your treasure stored?
#devotional #treasure #Luke
“Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”
Luke 12.21 NLT
This is the conclusion Jesus makes from the parable of the rich fool. Thought and effort are given to material things, little to spiritual needs.
Compare how much time we spend in thought and effort on material things and on spiritual things. Do the former tip the scales? Or do material pursuits crowd out a relationship with God?
#votd #Luke #relationship-with-God
Have you ever thought about the friendship of Paul and Luke?
When it comes to Paul and friendships, we usually think about Timothy (Philippians 2:19-20; 1 Timothy 1:2), or Titus (Titus 1:2) or maybe Aquila and Priscilla (Acts 18:1-3, Romans 16:3). But Luke should be considered as well.
Luke was there in the midst of Paul’s mission journeys (Acts 16:10, 28:16 – note the use of “we”), and when it came to companionship – Paul could rely on Luke when so few cared to be counted on (2 Timothy 4:10-11).
We don’t have all the details of the friendship Paul and Luke shared, but we see enough to know Jesus changed the unlikely relationship this Jew (which Paul was) and Gentile (which Luke probably was) enjoyed together.
“Luke the beloved physician….” (Colossians 4:14)
David W. Hester offers 4 practical lessons from Luke 10:38-42 in his article, “Lessons From Martha and Mary.” I am confident that it would make a good sermon starter.
Christ was busy while on earth, even to the point of depriving Himself (Matthew 8:20). He lost friends and followers (John 6:66-67; Matthew 26:31). He was constantly hounded and threatened (Matthew 22:15; John 5:18). He was rejected by family and neighbors (Mark 6:4-5). Jesus knew something about stress. (Follow this link to read more…)
Throughout the life of our Lord there are a number of significant moments that made His life extraordinary. We think of the events surrounding the trip that Jesus made with His earthly parents to Jerusalem when He was only twelve (Luke 2). This was the moment in the life of Christ when He first came to the realization that God was His Father in a unique way. We certainly think of the baptism of Jesus by John in the Jordan (Matthew 3) and the Transfiguration (Luke 9) as being significant moments. No doubt, one of the most significant moments in the life of Jesus occurred in the text that we are considering in this article. Follow this link to read more…
Since I’ve already shared one verse from my reading this morning, as a comment to Ron’s Bible reading post, here’s another from that same chapter, that also spoke to my heart, as I fulfill the Daily Nudge to share a verse from my Bible reading today.
Luke 1:16: “He will turn many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God” (NET).
The text speaks of John the immersor. By his turning is meant that he would, through his preaching, cause many to repent. John, like Jesus, was sent to the “lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matt 15:24) for his mission of preparing the people for the coming of the Lord (Luke 1:17b). For Luke, repentance stands for man’s whole response to the gospel (24:47) as an appropriate synecdoche. The proper goal of repentance is “to the Lord their God” (Acts 20:21; 26:20), since he is the Holy One who has been offended by our sin and to whom we must now respond by assuming, through the sacrifice of Christ, the sanctified life.
The Lord will come again, this time, not to save, “but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him” (Heb 9:28 NLT). To Christians has been given the task of turning many in the world to the Lord God. The field is the world and Christians are the seed who have been scattered in this field for the work of God (Matt 13:38).
I pray that the Lord will use me to “turn many” to the Lord. I pray he will raise up many workers for the harvest (Luke 10:2), to “turn many” to salvation. I pray all we do will contribute to “turn many” to receive the Lord now for eternal salvation, so they may be among those who eagerly await his appearing.
Robert Dodson, in his article, The Rich Man and Lazarus, reminds us of two great themes in the Bible: Death and Judgment.