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“The seed is the word of God…”
August 7, 2009, 2:45 am
Filed under: C Gospel According to Luke
As I read Chapters 8 to 10 from the Book of Luke this morning it was interesting how after having read this parable of the seed and four soils that the Holy Spirit began to show me how Jesus sowed the seed in the soils of peoples lives. I probably would have missed this if I had only read the one chapter. He mentioned that “the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.” Jesus reiterates this when he then says a few verses later: “My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.” To a man whom Jesus removed a bunch of demons from, was sent home in order to “tell how much God has done for you.” By healing a sick woman and raising a child from the dead he demonstrated His power over the evil one but also put into practice what He spoke. He then sent the twelve disciples out “to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.” later he “spoke to them (five thousand) about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.” And through Jesus’ travels he continued to speak to His disciples and others about being a servant and the cost of following Him. He later sent out seventy-two others to tell people they meet “the kingdom of God is near” because Jesus was on His way to their town. And then in the home of Mary and Martha, Jesus is mentioned talking to everyone in the house. Am I/you scattering seed, God’s word, to those I/we meet? If not, why not? I think for a follower of Jesus, Jesus gives us a clue why so many who claim to be followers of Jesus don’t. They spent time with Him, they listened to Him, they did what He said, together and immediately, but also met the deepest needs of peoples lives. Do I/we have someone whom we can encourage each other, to spend time with each other listening to Jesus, listening to is word, and doing what he says – scattering His word to people we know and care about, allowing Jesus through me/us to help people overcome their deepest needs?

“But the Pharisees and experts in the law rejected God’s purpose for themselves…”
August 7, 2009, 2:44 am
Filed under: C Gospel According to Luke
I was caught by these words this morning as I read Chapter 7 of the Book of Luke. Perhaps it is the conflict of truly knowing God’s purpose for my life…especially in the times when I seem like I’m in the desert. But as I read this passage I’m reminded that the Pharisees and experts in the law were a people in contrast to “all the people, even the tax collectors, when they heard Jesus’ words, acknowledged that God’s way was right.” What is God’s purpose for my/your life? Is God’s way right? What is God’s way? It’s intersting that followers of Jesus were also called “The Way.” Jesus also said “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me.” Perhaps this is what is being referred to when we acknowledge that God’s way is right….accepting the fact that Jesus is the way to God. Jesus showed that His way was selfless and humble, focused solely on expressing God on this earth. In this chapter Jesus described the incredible faith of a Roman centurion who believed Jesus’ words, comforted a widow by raising her son from the dead, curing “many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind,” and forgiving the sins of a “sinner.” People “were all filled with awe and praised God.” That was the way of Jesus. Jesus, walk your way through me to others, so that others can see You through me…even though it seems like I’m walking in the desert.

“Blessed are you who are poor…”
August 7, 2009, 2:43 am
Filed under: C Gospel According to Luke
Spent some time reading Chapters 3 through 6 from the Book of Luke this morning. It is interesting all the things God can teach you as you read more of God’s word at one sitting! As I read through the chapters a central idea came to mind – “blessed are you who are poor.” John the Baptist undoubtedly preached his “baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins” to a crowd of poor people along with other classes of people. It seems that where ever Jesus went it was primarily to those who needed help, such as the poor. In Chapter 4 Jesus read from Isaiah how he had come “to preach good news to the poor.” Jesus spent time with those who were poor, who hungered, who were sad, and those who were hated by society. He went where they were, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and shared with them “the word of God.” Jesus spent time with his disciples showing them how He lived. Intermittent through Jesus journeys was time spent in prayer. How is Jesus living through me as a follower of Him? Am I allowing Jesus to express Himself to a small group of followers of Jesus? …to those who are poor around me? Do I try and stay away from those who are poor? Jesus was tempted by the devil and was hated by those who rejected what He said. If I’m letting Jesus live through me have I been tempted, have I been rejected because of His word? If not, why not? Jesus express yourself through me to others! Through me and your body bless the poor, those who hunger, those who are sad, those who are hated, those who are my enemies, those who judge and condemn me/us!

“Why were you searching for me? he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”
August 7, 2009, 2:42 am
Filed under: C Gospel According to Luke
As I read through Luke Chapter 2 this morning, wondering again at the coming of Jesus and then His presentation at the temple, I finally came to these first words of Jesus. Because they are the first words of Jesus I think Luke is trying to tell us something important here. I think Jesus asks me the same question. I think Jesus asks the same question to His people. The saying is on Sunday that we “are to go to church” or go to “God’s house” and what we generally mean is going to a building and sitting and listening to someone for an hour or longer. Having been in the Army for 20 years and now teaching middle school students has helped me realize that soldeirs and students don’t learn by just listening, but mainly by doing, I have become more of a facilitator, in fact maybe being a leader and/or teacher is just that, a facilitator and nothing more. I believe we all truly are searching for Jesus, to experience His life, but Jesus gives us a clue…Jesus is in “God’s house.” Where is God’s house today? Is it a building made of brick and wood? The Bible says that the followers of Jesus ARE the temple of God, ARE the building of God, ARE the body of Christ, ARE God’s house, because Jesus is God and now indwells every follower of Him through His Spirit. Jesus said that where two or three are gathered together in His name there He is in our midst. Is it possible that the church focuses too much on the giftednes of only a few instead of the many? Is it possible that every follower of Jesus can do ministry – can serve, can experience Jesus? Is it possible that when His people gather together and have the opportunity to share with each other in love, living life together in the normal places of life, using the gifts He has given us, we can find the presence of Jesus? Is it possible that the church’s leaders, in humility, could come off the platform and faclitate, help equip God’s people, to actually DO the ministry and experience Jesus instead of doing it themselves? Is it possible that the followers of Jesus would be willing to allow it’s leaders to just facilitate and equip instead of being lazy and letting them have Jesus all to themselves? Jesus wants us to find Him – He is found when His people come together in life and share His life together! Open my heart Lord to let others share Jesus with me and I with them.

“Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!”
August 7, 2009, 2:41 am
Filed under: C Gospel According to Luke
The opening chapter of Luke is really an interesting look at the dynamic between the relatives Mary and Elizabeth. As I read the story of how Mary, after being told she would give birth to Jesus, “the Son of God,” hurried to go visit with Elizabeth, God gave me a glimpse at what can happen when two people, indwelt by God, freely bless each other. It is an amazing picture, a mystery almost: God empowering both Mary and Elizabeth at the same time, to reveal Himself through them by blessing and encouraging each other, because of Him. Am I/we in a hurry to go and visit with a small group of other followers of Jesus in their homes so that I/we can experience Jesus together? Could it be that when a small group of followers of Jesus join together, empowered by the Holy Spirit, to share life in each others homes or wherever life happens, for the purpose of expressing and exalting Jesus, that my/your life could be changed forever? If the Bible says “encourage one another and build each other up” can God do that through me/you? I don’t think it is much of a stretch to say, like Elizabeth : “Blessed is she (the bride of Christ) who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!” Interestingly, Mary then “stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.” What an awesome time together with the Lord that must have been!