In case you have missed part of this week’s study, here is a quick summary of each of our daily devotions this week:
Sunday – Luke 13 – The Kingdom of God is Like – Like a virus, a mustard seed, or yeast is the Kingdom of God. The smallest amount can cause a giant reaction in your life. You are called to be contagious; constantly build and spread the hope you have in Christ.
Monday – Luke 14 – Counting the Cost – We are to take account of all we hold valuable. We may be asked to trade those things in to live within the will of God as we seek his Kingdom. Entry may cost us everything, but it is a meager price to pay by comparison.
Tuesday – Luke 15 – The Parable of the Lost Ring – God will not stop searching for those who want to be found. He desires that all men are saved, having a home awaiting in His Kingdom. The whole of heaven rejoices when the lost sheep are restored to their shepherd.
Wednesday – Luke 16 – The Master and Manager – God is the master of all wealth. He wants us to be faithful in small ways before we are given more responsibility. When we acknowledge that we are mere managers, we look at our fortunes differently, as the master’s talents to do his bidding.
Thursday – Luke 17 – One Thank You – Like the lepers, we have been restored; we now can enter the eternal city, The Kingdom of God. We need to acknowledge God’s restoration through Jesus Christ; no longer are we outcast. A deliberate and thoughtful thank you is a life that turns to Him.
Friday – Luke 18 – The Power of Persistence – We should not give up our hope that our Father is listening to our appeal. Perseverance is the outcome of faith. Stay the course. Appeal to the Lord. He will turn His ear and answer you.
As we have taken a closer look at the six chapters of Luke, we see that it all comes back to the Kingdom of God. Parables, teaching, healing, reproach – They all point towards the eternal hope that all men can have when they accept Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior of their life. Jesus does not dilute the truth of the price of admission. He says we must be faithful with what we are given; it could cost us everything. Consequently, the reward isn’t necessarily immediately. The crown of life is not for those who casually follow commands, or openly do good works to receive their inheritance in this present age. The Kingdom of God is for those who become infected with His love, truth, and message and spread His hope at all cost. Each of these teachings have been immeasurably challenging and equally thought-provoking.
It has been a great opportunity to write for you this week. I hope my narratives and notions have resonated in some way to the circumstances and challenges presented in your own life. I pray you have found connection, truth, and hope in these handful of chapters for the Good News of Luke because these works speak the greatest of truths. Continue to read, grow your faith, and pray for His Kingdom to come soon.
~With love, your brother in Christ,