Happy #MorningWatchMonday from Rina!
Luke 18 and 19 contains three stories with three lessons: Which of these life lessons do you need to focus on today? (Ideas from Charles Swindoll)
1- When we don't know what we want, but know something's missing, let God educate! (Take a look at the Rich Young Ruler)
18And a ruler asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to v inherit eternal life?” 19And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. 20You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.’” 21And he said, “All these I have kept from my youth.” 22When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have z treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 23But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich. 24Jesus, seeing that he had become sad, said, “How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! 25For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 26Those who heard it said, “Then who can be saved?” 27But he said, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” 28And Peter said, “See, we have left our homes and followed you.” 29And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, 30who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life.”
Luke 18:18-30 Crossway Bibles (2011-02-09). The Holy Bible, English Standard Version (with Cross-References) (p. 1057). Good News Publishers. Kindle Edition.
2- When we know what we need, but can't change the situation, let God liberate! (The Blind Beggar)
35 As he [Jesus] drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. 36And hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what this meant. 37They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” 38And he cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 39And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 40And Jesus stopped and commanded him to be brought to him. And when he came near, he asked him, 41“What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me recover my sight.” 42And Jesus said to him, “Recover your sight; your faith has made you well.” 43And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.
Luke 18:35-43 Crossway Bibles (2011-02-09). The Holy Bible, English Standard Version (with Cross-References) (p. 1058). Good News Publishers. Kindle Edition.
3- When we can't understand what's happening, but realize it's out of our control- Let God be God! (Zacchaeus, the Tax Collector)
He [Jesus] entered Jericho and was passing through. 2And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. 3And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. 4So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. 5And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” 6So he hurried and came down andreceived him joyfully.
7And when they saw it, they allgrumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” 8And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” 9And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. 10For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
Luke 19:1-10 Crossway Bibles (2011-02-09). The Holy Bible, English Standard Version (with Cross-References) (p. 1058). Good News Publishers. Kindle Edition.
Do you need to take some time letting God....? Let Go, Let God!
Swindoll, Charles. Swindoll's New Testament insights (insights on Luke). Zondervan publishing 2012. Grand Rapids MI
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