Dear Father, I praise You for this new day, a page in the present chapter of my life.
Read Luke 11:37-54
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
“You can be as straight as a gun barrel theologically and just as empty as one spiritually” (A.W. Tozer).
How do you picture polite society? Maybe lawyers and university professors? Perhaps serious musicians and bishops? Our host for the day had selected the most prestigious company he could, his colleagues the Pharisees and his friends the teachers of the law. He was paying Jesus a serious compliment, inviting him to his supper party as the equivalent of the after-dinner speaker. Jesus, however, was not always well behaved in such company. He didn’t even bother to wash his hands! Washing was not then an issue of hygiene but of respect–religious respect. Then, to make matters worse, he responded somewhat harshly to the host’s query and directed pointed attacks at the professionals in front of him, thus seriously embarrassing his kind and generous host.
What might he say to us? We studiously read our Bible and our Scripture Union notes, but do we sustain our relationship with God by expressing our love to him? Do we even stop to experience God’s amazing love–his perceptive, gently life-giving, affirming love? And then what about the way we think of the people at the cash registers at the supermarket? Do we consider them dull, uninteresting and slow? What do we do for them to help them feel valued? To help them realize they are precious to God who created them? To lessen the struggles they may have to cope with? How do we show God’s love to them? We go to our church regularly and are involved there in so many ways, but how much of what happens there is for our own comfort? How easily do homeless people find it to come and feel really at home there? How comfortable is “My house” (Luke 19:46) for all peoples–for those with disabilities–physical ones, and learning difficulties? Jesus’ words challenge us, too.
What areas of your life might Jesus challenge? Write down three and make them issues for prayer and action.
Lord, I want to be more than hearer of Your Word, I want to be a doer as well. Press in on me and call me to accept new challenges.
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