March 11/Luke 6

Wow I can’t believe I did that yesterday. Somehow I got into Mark instead of Luke. Sorry about that it must have been that burger and fries and the fact that Cleo isn’t feeling well so I have no one to keep me on track! Ok so here it goes for Luke 6, I hope!

Verses 1-5 > Jesus was telling them that it was lawful to do good on the Sabbath. Their strict observance(wrong interpretation) of the law didn’t leave room for life. The law can only condemn, it can’t give life. Jesus came to give life. Jesus is also saying to them, “I am God and I allowed them to pick and eat this grain!”The law can’t rule the lawgiver.  With their laws they wanted to control God. Because of this they had no freedom.

In my teen years I lived in a North Dakota town with the population of 1200 people. The church denomination that we belonged to said no to going to movies, school dances, playing cards, listening to rock music and they frowned on bowling. Well that about cut me out of all social activities. I didn’t have a lot of freedom to be a kid. Peer pressure was fierce and kids can be pretty cruel with the teasing. Jesus wasn’t very popular with me and of course I wasn’t much of a witness because why would I want to introduce my friends to a Jesus that couldn’t have some good clean fun! We must be careful that our rules line up with scripture and that they bring life not death to our families and friends. Use discretion. I learned to see Jesus in a much clearer light as I grew older and I know that my son was glad I did. He actually loves his dad and he is not ashamed to tell people about Jesus!

Verse 11 > Imagine being so religious and so rule oriented that you hate it when someone else is experiencing life! Can you rejoice when someone gets the promotion, the bonus, the job, the lead part in the play, the boy, the girl, the new car, the all expenses paid vacation in Hawaii, the healing, the new ipad, the new house, the big screen tv, the recognition for service, the four year scholarship to the college of their choice, etc. If you can you are now experiencing Jesus! If you can’t you need a fresh dose of Jesus!

Verses 12-16 > If you are a follower of Jesus, Rejoice, it is because he chose you! Now you can truly rejoice for all those I just described in verse 11. That was easy right? It probably wasn’t but you did it right? Keep rejoicing and it will get easier just like riding a bicycle:)

Verses 22-23 > We must trust Jesus with this one because only he knows what truly does wait for us in heaven. Jesus got real excited about this so I am going to get excited about it to. You?

Verse 24-26 > These are people who only thing of themselves and their own comfort. They look at the now and not now their ‘now’ affects their future. Don’t be one of them. Look around who could use what you have? Bless them your future depends on it.

Verses 27-36 > What do you say we just pretend these verses aren’t here. I mean what was Jesus thinking. Love your enemies, bless those who persecute you! Do you think he was serious or in a few verses will he say, “Just kidding.” Ok I looked ahead and I didn’t find those words. In fact I looked four times and didn’t see those words! Anybody find those words? Ok so he wasn’t kidding.

You probably figured it out by now that life isn’t about you or me it is about Jesus. Now you know why Jesus said if we wanted to follow him we needed to count the cost and take up our cross daily and follow him. What he is talking about in these verses is life in the kingdom of God. The kingdom has a king, Jesus, and the king is to be obeyed. If we are truly God’s children this is how we are to act. When you do these things you will get to know your heavenly Father more intimately because this is the way he has acted for us by sending his son Jesus.

When I bless someone who has hurt me and I pray for them to be blessed and God actually blesses them; I can say Oh so that is what God is like. We have to decide if we really want to experience life in the kingdom of heaven. The way to heaven isn’t easy. As they say, “No pain, no gain.” It was that way with Jesus, he had to go through the cross to get to heaven, and it will be that way with us. We must count the cost and see if it is worth it. Is being inconvenienced, misunderstood, rejected, and hurt in this life worth the blessing of living in heaven someday? The Apostle Paul thought it was.

Galatians 2:20 (NLT) — 20 My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Verses 37-41 > Jesus just gave us a wonderful tip on how to live life in the Kingdom of Heaven. He said that what ever you give you will get back in an abundance. If you give judgment and finger pointing and accusations you will also get those things in an abundance! If you give criticism, sarcasm, and ungratefulness watch it come back on you! If you give forgiveness, mercy, joy, and love, look out here it comes back to you! Knowing how this life works will help us in choosing our actions. Isn’t Jesus the best for giving us this tip?

Verses 43-45 > If you want to know the condition of your spiritual heart listen to what comes out of your mouth. If you need a transplant go to Doctor Jesus. Confess your sin and let his blood cleanse you. Purpose to be careful what you say. That is working out your own salvation. Jesus works in us and we work his character out of us. It is just like squeezing a tube of toothpaste. We are the tube that holds the love of Jesus. Things happen in life that put the squeeze on us so that his love can come out!

Verse 46 > I guess this verse sums it up. If we call him Lord we are saying we will obey.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    In this chapter Jesus tells us to be happy in what we have. Be generous with what we have. Be thankful even for trials. In many cases the poor of this world will be rich in heaven while the rich will be poor. People have a tendency to hold on to wealth with as tight fist while people who lack tend to offer their little to help others. In Porgy and Bess this is stated in the song I’ve got plenty of nothing. If you remember all you have is from God it is easier to hold it with an open hand. Finally this chapter has the golden rule to do unto others as you would have others do unto you and the warning that your perceptions need to be fixed before you try to fix someone elses.