And he said to him,
'Well done, good slave,
because you have been faithful in a very little thing,
you are to be in authority over ten cities.
He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much;
and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much.
Our lives are made up of little things. Very little things! Minutes become hours, which become days, and months, and years. It all started with a little thing. Little things may seem insignificant at the time, but the little things test us. The little things show what we are made of. We aren’t to despise the day of small things. We are to be faithful in a very little thing! That will turn into big faithfulness! I can’t help but think this is the opposite of the expression, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” God is watching the small stuff. I’m so encouraged to be faithful in the very little things today! Thanks, Lord!
Now He was telling them a parable to show
that at all times they ought to pray
and not to lose heart,
In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God
and did not respect man.
There was a widow in that city,
and she kept coming to him, saying, '
Give me legal protection from my opponent.'
For a while he was unwilling; but afterward he said to himself,
'Even though I do not fear God nor respect man,
yet because this widow bothers me,
I will give her legal protection,
otherwise by continually coming she will wear me out.'"
And the Lord said, "Hear what the unrighteous judge said;
now, will not God bring about justice for His elect
who cry to Him day and night,
and will He delay long over them?
”I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly.
However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?"
Pray at all times.
Don’t lose heart.
Continually come to God.
Come day and night.
You can’t wear Him out.
He won’t delay long.
He’s looking for faith.
Well, that encourages me to pray! What about you?
As He entered a village,
ten leprous men who stood at a distance met Him;
and they raised their voices, saying,
"Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!"
When He saw them, He said to them,
"Go and show yourselves to the priests."
And as they were going,
they were cleansed.
Now one of them,
when he saw that he had been healed,
glorifying God with a loud voice,
and he fell on his face at His feet,
giving thanks to Him.
And he was a Samaritan.
Then Jesus answered and said,
"Were there not ten cleansed?
But the nine--where are they?
"Was no one found who returned to give glory to God,
except this foreigner?"
And He said to him,
"Stand up and go;
your faith has made you well."
I love this true account! It’s a good reminder that everyone wants mercy.
Few say thank you.
The leper saw he had been healed.
He turned back.
He glorified God with a loud voice.
He fell at His feet.
He gave thanks.
I want to be in the minority! I’m that grateful, forgiven leper that found mercy! I want the theme of my life to be gratitude and then to sing of Him through all eternity.
Yesterday these words struck me…
'Twill be my joy through the ages to sing of His love for me!
How wonderful and my song shall ever be!
How wonderful is my Savior’s love to me!
Thank you, Lord Jesus!
Now all the tax collectors and the sinners were coming near Him to listen to Him.
Both the Pharisees and the scribes began to grumble, saying,
"This man receives sinners and eats with them."
So He told them this parable, saying,
"What man among you,
if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them,
does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture
and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?
"When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
"And when he comes home,
he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them,
'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!'
"I tell you that in the same way,
there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents
than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
Today I’m meditating on what gives God joy! This is so wonderful!
God finds more joy in one sinner who repents than lots of righteous people who see nothing wrong with themselves! Jesus came to seek and to save the LOST!
Are you lost in your sin? Jesus died for you. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved! God celebrates in heaven! It gives Him great joy! It gives me great joy too. The greatest joy!
Jesus' instructions about who to invite to dinner…
And He also went on to say to the one who had invited Him,
"When you give a luncheon or a dinner,
do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors,
otherwise they may also invite you in return
and that will be your repayment.
But when you give a reception,
invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,
and you will be blessed,
since they do not have the means to repay you;
for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."
Jesus illustrates His point with a story…
But He said to him,
"A man was giving a big dinner, and he invited many;
and at the dinner hour he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited,
'Come; for everything is ready now.'
"But they all alike began to make excuses.
The first one said to him,
'I have bought a piece of land and I need to go out and look at it;
please consider me excused.'
"Another one said,
'I have bought five yoke of oxen,
and I am going to try them out;
please consider me excused.'
"Another one said,
'I have married a wife, and for that reason I cannot come.'
"And the slave came back and reported this to his master.
Then the head of the household became angry and said to his slave,
'Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the city
and bring in here the poor and crippled and blind and lame.'
"And the slave said,
'Master, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.'
"And the master said to the slave,
'Go out into the highways and along the hedges,
and compel them to come in,
so that my house may be filled.
'For I tell you,
none of those men who were invited shall taste of my dinner.'"
This is about more than a dinner invitation! It’s about who to invite to Jesus!
The gospel invitation goes out to all people.
The people you think should be anxious to come to Christ have excuses. What?
Don’t stop with those rejections!
Go find people!
Invite people to come to Jesus! Compel them to come in!
Jesus is coming! I’m excited to see who is accepting His invitation!
Are you? Come on! Jesus died for you. Believe it!
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
the city that kills the prophets and stones those sent to her!
How often I wanted to gather your children together,
just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings,
and you would not have it!
Behold, your house is left to you desolate;
Luke 13:34, 35
What a glimpse into the heart of God! Can you hear the sadness in His voice? Jesus wanted to do good things for Jerusalem. He was like a mother hen calling her chicks to safety under her wings, but they wouldn’t come! It grieved His heart! What grips me is the love of the Lord. He sent prophets for years and years, even though they were rejected and worse. What love! Finally, He left them alone. Horrors!
This especially makes me sad. I have had people in my life who needed help and I would have gladly helped them, but they turned away. They didn’t want help. There is nothing to be done. Finally, they have to be left alone. So sad!
Did you know that you need a Savior? Jesus wants to save you. But you need to receive the eternal life that He offers. He will not force you. He offers and offers and offers. There will come a day when He stops offering. Horrors! Accept Him today. He loves you. So much He died for you! Please don't turn away.
For God so loved the world,
that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish,
but have eternal life.
There was so much in Luke 12 today! I had lots of thoughts. I’m just sharing one with you. I always need to be reminded of what’s true about money!
Then he said, 'This is what I will do:
I will tear down my barns and build larger ones,
and there I will store all my grain and my goods.
'And I will say to my soul,
"Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come;
take your ease, eat, drink and be merry."'
"But God said to him, 'You fool!
This very night your soul is required of you;
and now who will own what you have prepared?'
"So is the man who stores up treasure for himself,
and is not rich toward God."
What a warning! It's possible to be rich for yourself!
That will last a short time and be gone.
It’s better to be rich toward God!
On Worry about Money…
And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink,
and do not keep worrying.
For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek;
but your Father knows that you need these things.
But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you.
Don't worry about money. Use your money for God. Let Him worry about YOU.
The Key for thinking right about money…
Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
If we send our money on ahead up to heaven, then our affections will be moved from the things of this world that don’t last! Investing in God’s work and God’s things is lasting. That's investing in the Bank of Heaven. Great reminders. Thanks, Lord!
But the Lord answered and said to her,
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
I love the Lord’s tenderness and care about Martha’s worries. I hear it in His repeating her name twice. Her worries were so many. He cared.
By contrast He points out the one important thing that Mary was doing. And points the way to good part.
She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord's feet,
listening to His word.
The good part. The important one thing. Listening at Jesus’ feet!
My choice, in the many things of life, is to enjoy the one thing!
What an important reminder! Thank you, Lord! Open my heart to listen!
Open my eyes, that I may see
When the apostles returned,
they gave an account to Him of all that they had done.
What a great reminder that we will give an account to Him of what we have done. Sure, we post pictures on Facebook and write prayer letters, but the One who we stand before is Jesus.
So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God. Romans 14:12
Therefore we also have as our ambition,
whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ,
so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body,
according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
2 Corinthians 5:9, 10
My life today should be meant to be pleasing to Him! Now that is the right focus. I find myself forgetting that and trying to please people. Or worse than that, trying to please myself. Lord Jesus, let me live to please YOU!
Soon afterwards, He began going around from one city and village to another,
proclaiming and preaching the kingdom of God.
The twelve were with Him,
and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and sicknesses:
Mary who was called Magdalene,
from whom seven demons had gone out,
and Joanna the wife of Chuza,
Herod's steward, and Susanna,
and many others who were contributing to their support out of their private means.
Jesus said in the previous chapter…
For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven,
for she loved much;
but he who is forgiven little, loves little.
These women had been forgiven much and loved much. They showed their love by giving what they had to Jesus so that He could minister. Now that’s a great investment! There couldn't be a better thing to do with your money! Pretty wonderful! When one is struck by the immensity of their own sin, of the work of the cross, of the value of the Savior, love is poured out in the form of money. They gave as was given to them. Lovely. That’s how I want to give!
Give as 'twas given to you in you need,
Love as the Master loved you;
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!