Wednesday, February 28, 2018
READ Luke 14
MEDITATE on Luke 14:13–14, "But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” Why is it good to give to those who cannot pay us back?
A few of the stories and statements stick out in this chapter as therein we find a call to mercy (on the Sabbath!), a call to humility, a call to urgency, a call commit, and a call to service. All of these things are indicators of authenticity as disciples of Jesus Christ.
My daughter is on the soccer team at school, but she is very ambivalent about this. She'd rather not do the conditioning in practice and she'd rather not play much in the games. She cruises around the soccer field instead of sprinting. But she LOVES being on a team at school and she loves the special activities like going to watch the high school team together or meeting Atlanta United players. She wants the blessings of being part of the group but isn't passionate about the mission and doesn't want to do the hard work of being part of a team.
Jesus challenges those listening to him to get serious about how they live out their faith. This call comes to us as well. Being a disciple is going to challenge us; if it doesn't, then we're not hearing God correctly. There are many ways in which God calls us to serve: sharing our faith, helping others, praying, etc. Are you living out a passion for Christ and his glory, or are you just around for the blessings he wants to hand out?
Pray for God to challenge and stretch your faith this Lent. As you look forward to Easter, how has God called you to die and called you to live? Pray for his love to inspire you to follow.