Category Archives: Jesus

GOD First

Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” Luke 10:38-40

Here is the tale of two women that have an encounter with Jesus. One woman (Mary) stopped everything she was doing to focus on Jesus, while the other woman (Martha) continued focusing on her daily tasks that she needed to get done. Can we relate to this? If Jesus visited you today, would you drop everything for him?

Some of us reluctantly would say Yes, but is that really true? Would you call off your important corporate job in fear of being fired? Would you not show up to your kids Soccer game for The Lord? Life is full of distractions, and its easy for us to be sucked into it. God should always be your highest priority, eternity is a lot more important than the things of this temporary world

 

But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42

 

Martha was so upset with her sister Mary, that she even complained to Jesus about her. But Jesus told Martha, your worried and distracted about pointless things. Cant we all relate to this? In the grand scheme of things, how often do we waste time on meaningless things?

Jesus confirmed Mary choose wisely, she put God first above all things. Do you love God with all your mind, heart , and soul?

Good Samaritan

Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?” Luke 10:36

When we call someone a “Good Samaritan” in todays society, we are usually referring to them as a nice person who did a good deed for someone. However the ironic thing is back in the 1rst century in Jewish culture, Samaritans were considered a sub-human race. They were Jews who breeded with other nationalities therefor making them “unclean” in the Jewish culture. They were considered outcasts and not worthy of being in the Jewish culture

So what changed? What brought these Samaritans into a good light? Jesus. The people who were once considered outcasts and unclean have now been entered into his grace. Those who were once not allowed in Gods presence now have God living inside of them. This is the powerful story of the Good Samaritan

And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.” Luke 10:37

Notice Jesus wasn’t concerned about the nationality, or race, or gender. Jesus said the one who showed mercy, eventhough the one man was a priest and another man was a Levite (from the priest bloodline), these good deeds or nationality cant save you

Only the blood of Jesus Christ can save us, only the works that he finished on the cross can bring us salvation. Because of Jesus, the Samaritan and everyone else can be reconciled to our Heavenly Father Amen!

The Harvest

And He was saying to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. Luke 10:2

Jesus is saying there is a lot of work to do for Gods Kingdom , yet he cant find anyone to do any work? Sound familiar? How many of you have ever coached or volunteered for an organization, and when you try to find anyone to help everyone runs away? Why? Because people want money, people want great recognition, people want to be famous, nobody wants to labor for free, right?

Again this is a heart issue, people still living for the world trying to merge Jesus with it. The world and Jesus will never coexist as they are in opposition of each other. Jesus says the laborers are few, the world tells us we have billions of Christians. Where are they? With these numbers we should have an evangelist at every street corner in the world

“Go; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. Luke 10:3

But you say “Oh they’ll make fun of me, they’ll mock me, they might even kill me” Yes Jesus said anyone who wants to save their life must lose it. When you come to Christ, nothing else is of more importance! What happens when lamb are around wolves? They get torn apart, likely killed. This is exactly what Jesus is preparing us for

Your persecution is not a surprise to Christ, he warned us this would happen! The harvest is plentiful, are you willing to go to work in the name of Jesus?

Consider The Cost

And He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.” Luke 9:59

A lot of people say they want to “Follow Jesus” but are you willing to follow him at any cost? When it doesn’t cost us anything, following is easy. However if it costs us something in return we hesitate to answer our calling

This example seems extreme, how can Jesus expect this man to miss his own Fathers funeral? However it’s the context, it’s the test of heart. There are obviously greater things in this mans life than serving The Lord. It may be an extreme example but truth doesn’t have feelings.

But He said to him, “Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:60

Jesus responds “Let the dead bury the dead”! This is a profound statement as we know without Christ everyone is dead in their sins. Jesus said Go proclaim or preach everywhere! This was this mans mission, to be set apart from the world.

Another also said, “I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home.” Luke 9:61

Heres another example, they said they will follow Jesus when time permits. Again this sounds like another extreme example . However again its about priorities and your heart. What priorities are above serving God?

But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62

Jesus has some harsh words for this man, anyone who keeps putting other things ahead of their service to God is not fit to serve God. Wow , this is extreme, however our God is extreme also , isn’t he?

Now I’m sure we all failed this test, I know I have. However I think Jesus point here is to really challenge ourselves and examine our relationship with him. Before you agree to serve make sure you are willing to pay the cost!

Declares The Lord

Thus says the Lord , “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord .
Jeremiah 9:23‭-‬24 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/jer.9.23-24.NASB

Filthy Rags

and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in My name receives Me, and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me; for the one who is least among all of you, this is the one who is great.” Luke 9:48

There are a lot of people working hard in the name of Jesus for all the wrong reasons. There trying to make a name for themselves, or build a great empire, or even motivated financially. However the truth is all our good deeds are just filthy rags to God (Isaiah 64:6)

Does that mean we should stop doing work for The Lord? No of course not, but we need to stop looking for personal recognition for our works. All the glory goes to God, nothing should come to us. This is very difficult to accept for our human ego, even the Born Again Christian must remind themselves to continually deny ourselves and carry our crosses as Jesus instructed

The disciples were having difficulty comprehending this also, as they argue with each other over who is the greatest disciple. We still see this today, as Christians continue to argue with other Christians, its all fifthly rags to God

Jesus insulted all their egos when he took a child and said they were the greatest in the Kingdom of God. How insulting for the disciples who did all these great works, their egos were bruised! That was the whole point, we need humble ourselves before The Lord!

Keep fighting the good fight in Jesus name, but not for yourself but because you love Jesus because he loved us first!