Luke 14-15

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For some of us today, very familiar reads.  For others,  first time ever.  My challenge to you is to read both chapters as if you NEVER read them before.  Not even heard them at church.  Completely Fresh.  Completely from God.  Don’t skim.  I am not blogging today (did I just hear someone say Amen!!)   but I surely want to know which one THIS TIME reading it was the read for YOU. 

  • Jesus heals the man with Dropsy (Swollen Limbs) For some of us we are in awe over how much Scripture was given to what is lawful on the Sabbath.  What are you doing on your Sabbath?
  • Jesus teaches about  seeking humanity.  When you do something for someone else, examine your thoughts and motives, and whether you tell other people about your good deeds.
  • Jesus tells the parable of the Great Feast.  I think on the day of Judgment many of us will be surprised.
  • Jesus teaches about the cost of being a disciple “If anyone does not hate their father and mother…..”  Our lives are filth and sinful.  We need to submit to Christ and love Him and what He did more than anything else.  Otherwise we may not truly understand what He did for us.  Who do you Love?
  • Jesus tells the parable of the lost sheep.  Ohhhhhh I love this one.  God used this parable to bend me out of shape a few times when I said “I don’t like when my church does….”  He said “It’s not about you!!! I am going for that lost sheep”
  • Jesus tells the parable of the lost coin.  Again, our reaction to ones Salvation?  Do we rejoice when that coin is found?? (And are we even helping to look for it??)
  • Jesus tells the parable of the lost son.  An extremely familiar read that NEVER gets old to read.  WOW.  Everytime a read it there is something TOTALLY different that stands out to me!  I wish I had kept a “Prodigal Son” journal through the years.

Would love to come home to COMMENTS today!!


6 responses

  1. I most enjoyed the section on the cost of being a disciple. Verse 14:27 “and anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” Carrying your cross is not about enduring some suffering in your life, it’s not a one time thing, or even a one dimesional aspect of your life. It’s about dying to self, daily. In order to be a disciple of Christ, you must be all in for Jesus. Reminds me of Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” To be a disciple of Christ we must say no to ourself and yes to him. Great reminder of that this morning.

  2. I really enjoy reading the Lost Sheep parable. Until I read the study bible and dug deep into the scriptures, I didn’t realize how staying “clean” was such big deal for the Pharisees. They avoided certain people, had their ritual washings, etc. Jesus took their rituals lightly and the Pharisees didn’t understand why anyone would do that. Jesus touched people with leprosy, associated with all classes of people, ate with sinners, and kept going after people who needed Him the most. It is such an example of what we should do.
    It’s not about what I get out of church, or what is best for me, its about finding Him going after that one “lost sheep”. “There will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent”. Good reminder for me.

  3. I wish there was a LIKE button under your comments.

  4. This read today for me is about value. What things in my life are of worth to me? What is the Lord teaching me about what He considers valuable? And He is showing us the value that repentance holds. I love how the verse says there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels in heaven Who is doing the rejoicing???? My heavenly Father is rejoicing. What a glorious thought to behold and to believe!

    Love reading the Prodigal son story, and having been a prodigal daughter, I treasure the truth in this story that my Father ran to welcome me as I was still a far way off.

  5. I have a brother who has become Jehovah’s Witness; we were raised in The Church of Christ. After not speaking for 5 years, I was put in a position to have to talk to him. I was amazed at how “hardened”, defensive and arrogant he has become. He was putting me down for contining to follow “what we were taught growing up” and how I shouldn’t beleive everything I was told and read. And, then he preceded to try to turn me to Jehovah’s Witness. He acted as if he didn’t know who I was, at all. I was so angry, but prayed to not let him get to me.

    But, I just had to end the discussion when he brought up the prodigal son story and how it seemed that I and the family thinks he will be the prodigal son. And, “That will never happen!” As he put it. Now, I know his life and it is not a happy life. His wife lives at her parents most of the time. Anyways, I pray about it, but really don’t know how to help him in his salvation; especially, when he always tries to manipulate everything into his agenda. He is really mean and hateful to and has spent many years trying destroy me. Everything I have read about JWitness shows me that truly his Salvation is at stake.

    Reading the prodigal son today just reminded me of this never-ending situation. It is really heart-breaking.

  6. I love how God will go after the ONE lost sheep and bring it back carrying it on his shoulders. How touching this is. I also loved the fact that the Father recognized his son from far off and ran to greet him and have the servants get things ready. That father was SO excited.

    And Courtney thanks for pointing out who does the rejoicing when one sinner repents. i NEVER noticed that.

    EAch of these scenarios not only show me how much God loves us but they also show me our part in reaching out to him … just the slightest reach…. and he is there. The sheep had to be willing to remain on the Shepherd’s shoulders (and not all animals will do this). The excitement of the Father when He sees His son returning…. but the son had to make the step to return home. AND when we recognize that we are sinners and can not do this life alone…. and reach out to our Father… He rejoices over our decision!!!

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