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9/24 Luke 12-14

Luke 12 has just a great section of scriptures on worry.  I know sometimes I worry about things that have yet to happen.  Things like power outages where I will have to reboot or the air conditioning might not work right on a Sunday morning.  You get the picture.  Others may worry about a speech they have to give next week or a meeting with the boss.  Or maybe the board of directors are asking for the impossible from the CEO.  We worry about the outcomes that haven’t even happened yet.  What if I fail or what if I look silly.  Say something wrong.  Yet none of it has happened yet.  Sometimes, well all of the time, it is better to just listen to the words of Jesus and realize how valuable we are to God, and then seek after Him.

22Then 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. 23Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 26Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?  27“Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well

In Luke 14, Jesus gives an example that at first seems strange to me, but after rereading it, I get it.

7When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: 8“When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. 9If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this man your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. 10But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all your fellow guests. 11For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

The moral of the story.  It is better to be humble, than to be humbled.  It seems that some people get to a station in life where they are impressed with their place and position.  Sometimes, just sometimes, they are reminded that not everyone is impressed.  I don’t recall any time where Jesus used his position as the Son of God to try and impress someone.  He never said, “Hey look at me, I am the Son of God and I can do this or that.”  Rather he took just the opposite in telling people he healed or demons he drove out to keep quite about him.  That certainly isn’t the way it’s done today.  Ahh for the days of old.

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September 24, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,

2 Comments »

  1. I love this section of Luke….it is so much better to be humble then humbled, I try so hard to remember that and be like that at home, at work,with friends, with everyone, sometimes easier said then done and then at the same time pray for those who are not so humble.
    It seems that one of my favorite things I read some time ago, which I liked, talked about the 3 P’s….Pause, Ponder, Pray…it’s something I like to think about in many activities I have during the day and try to practice all the time in all situations.
    It does help us listen to the Lord before we worry, or ask for strength before we need it, but most importantly talk and listen to Jesus.
    I think it does help for me.

    Comment by Bob Rawlins | September 24, 2009 | Reply

    • Thanks for sharing Bob, 3 P’s, I’ll have to remember that.

      Comment by northsideccblog | September 24, 2009 | Reply


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