DailyRead-Art-wlogoReading: Luke 12:1-59

Focus:
Luke 12:11-12
“When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.”

Luke 12:21-23
“This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

Luke 12:22-23, 31
Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.  For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.
But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

Luke 12:35
“Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning…”

In Luke chapter 12, there are four lessons Jesus is teaching his disciples. Jesus was always teaching in parables… I want to dig into each lesson and see what Jesus is telling us.

Lesson 1: Fearing Christian Conversations (highlighted – verses 11-12)

If you are anything like me (human), then you have experienced the fear of not knowing what to say about Christianity. You do not engage in conversations because you’re afraid you won’t what to say or how to respond. We turn away from confrontation involving our faith. Jesus encourages us to not be afraid when confrontation comes our way. He says in verse 11-12,

“When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.” 

The Holy Spirit will empower you and give you the ability to defend your faith. Take comfort in this and do not be afraid of spiritual confrontation in this world.

Lesson 2: The Parable of The Rich Fool (highlighted – verse 21)

Jesus uses this parable to remind us that everything on this earth is temporary. At the end of your life, what happens with all your possessions? Jesus reminds us that life is not measured by “stuff,” but by having a personal relationship with Him. In verse 21,

“This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

So let us be rich towards God. Let us store up our treasures in Heaven and not on this earth.

Lesson 3: Trust in the Lord (highlighted – verses 22-23, 31)

Lesson 2 reminded us that life is not measured by “stuff.” In verses 22-23 and 31,

Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.  For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.

But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

Life is more than food and clothes. If we seek his kingdom first, if we put his will above ours, if we totally surrender, God will provide all that we have need of.

Lesson 4: Be A Servant (highlighted – verse 35)

Jesus tells his disciples in verse 35,

“Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning.”

We need to always be looking for the opportunities to serve our fellow man. God will provide these opportunities when we least expect them. So put on “servants” glasses, keep your lamp lit and be prepared for whatever service opportunity God puts in your life.

Prayer:
Jesus, empower me with the Holy Spirit to be able to defend my faith. Help me fix my eyes upon you, trusting you in all that I do. Make me your servant and allow me to see service opportunities. In Your name, Amen.

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