March 22/Luke 13

Verses 1-5 > Life is full of tragedy and the tendency is always to ask, “Why did this happen?” But the better question would be, “Why doesn’t it happen more often?” Because of our sin and continual rebellion against God it is a wonder that he doesn’t wipe us all out!  I guess it is easy to blame someone we can’t see like God for our troubles.  Why does he always come to mind when tragedy strikes; and how come he is very seldom given credit for all the good things that happen in life? Perhaps it is because we don’t want to take responsibility for our own actions. We know sin is the issue here because when Jesus was asked the ‘Why’ question he said to repent of sin or you  will perish. Instead of blaming God for all the bad that happens the whole world should sit back and marvel and thank God for how good he is to us sinners!

Lamentations 3:22 (NLT) — 22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease.

Verses 6-9 > Jesus told the story to his disciples and to us to remind us of the patience that our Lord has towards us. He is always giving us chances to make things right with him. We live in days of grace. However, like the tree that was given another chance and everything it needed to produce fruit, if we don’t yield to Jesus and live for him, especially with all the chances he has given us, judgment day will come.

Verses 10-17 > We just read about a gardener who had compassion for his trees. He pleaded with the owner to give a barren tree another chance. Here we have a leader of a church who had no compassion for his people. Go figure. I wonder sometimes if I have more compassion for my stuff than I do for people? I water, fertilize, weed, and trim the grass on my lawn. I edge around the sidewalk. I rake the leaves. I get rid of the ants. I really do try to take care of my lawn. Do I do my best to take care of people who will last forever? Some people put a lot of care into their pets, their cars, their flowers, their homes; well you get the picture. Jesus put his care into people and he got criticized for it! Our heavenly Father wants us to be like his son Jesus and take care of people. You don’t have to neglect your stuff but please use more compassion on people even if you get criticized for it! Don’t let Satan hold you in bondage to stuff.

Verses 23-30 > Remember yesterday’s key verse?

Luke 12:21 (NLT) — 21 “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”

These verses show that a rich relationship with God has eternal consequences! A casual acquaintance with God just doesn’t cut it. There are people who will say, “Lord we went to church every Sunday, we helped clean up after church meals, we taught Kid’s Church and worked in the nursery, we played Christian music, and even listened to the sermons on line.”  Well you know what God will say > verse 27.

Verse 24 > Work = agonize. Put effort into spiritual things. Once you are saved your purpose is to become like Jesus; to cultivate a relationship with the Father and to be a person of godly character. Both of these things take time and work. The Apostle Paul called it fighting the good fight of faith. Here are some verses that will explain this verse about working to enter.

1Timothy 4:12 (NLT) — 12 Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.
Hebrews 12:4 (NLT) — 4 After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.
1 Timothy 6:12 (NLT) — 12 Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses.
1 Corinthians 9:25 (NLT) — 25 All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.

Verses 31-35 > The only people in danger in this life are the ones that have not yielded their lives to Jesus. Man can only kill the body but God can also send that body to hell.

Luke 12:5 (NLT) — 5 But I’ll tell you whom to fear. Fear God, who has the power to kill you and then throw you into hell. Yes, he’s the one to fear.

Jesus, knowing the outcome of those who will not receive him, weeps over them.

Oh the compassion of our Lord! The only people who blame God for the tragedies in life are those that do not know Him. He truly is a loving, compassionate, patient, longsuffering God. Aren’t you glad you know Him?

Be Inspired Hilltop!




  1. Mark Gundersen says

    Throughout most of the Gospels yeast symbolized bad things. In verse 20 the kingdom of heaven was compared to yeast. It gives us hope that even a small amount of faith c as n change a whole person and even a small mention of Jesus’s love can work it’s way through others towards salvation.