In Luke 14 we are given a warning, following Christ comes with a cost. A person must be willing to place Christ first in their life, even above their own family and above themselves. A person who wants to follow Christ should be willing to pick up their cross and follow Jesus. To pick up their cross is a symbolic statement that to follow Christ is a life of sacrifice. We sacrifice our own self interest for the cause of the Kingdom.The person who wants to follow Christ should look inward and decide if they are willing to truly commit themselves fully to the cause of Christ. The cost is not cheap.
The definition of stewardship according to Merriam Webster is “the conducting, supervising, or managing of something: especially the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care”. As a Christian we are to be good stewards of the responsibilities that God has entrusted to us. We are to represent Christ in our day to day actions and manage ourselves in a manner that is consistent with scripture. As Christians we have been entrusted with the gospel, and I pray we are good stewards, looking and praying for opportunities to share the good news with the world.
Make today count. In Luke chapter 12 we read of a wealthy man and his plan to tear down his old barns and build new barns to hold his abundant harvest. The wealthy man thinks he will be able to live easy the rest of his days from these storehouses. However, the man perished that very night and all his plans never come to fruition. There is not one day promised to anyone and therefore, we need to prioritize our days to ensure we are putting first things first. As Christians we have a duty to spread the gospel and to participate in kingdom building. Today is a opportunity to do just this, and we have no way of knowing how many opportunities we have.
In Luke 10, we read of the 72 being sent out by Jesus Christ to preach the gospel. Jesus did not send them out by themselves, but sent them out in pairs. Ministry work is best done with the assistance of others. It is important to understand that the Christian walk is not meant to be a walk of isolation, but a faith lived within the church community. There is something to be said for strength in numbers.
In Luke chapter 9 we find speculation as to who Jesus Christ really is. Some people think John the Baptist, maybe Elijah, others think possibly an older prophet. Peter when questioned directly by Jesus answers “messiah”. This question as to whom Jesus Christ really is, is the most important question each of us will ever have to answer. Today,people are still trying to answer this question and have developed theories that Christ was a political revolutionary, or Christ was a great moral teacher. These people present various arguments as to why they think this to be the case. However, the question still stands, who is Jesus Christ? Was he just a prophet or teacher, or was he who he said he was, is he God incarnate, is he the messiah, this question can only be answered by you.
There are people in the pews today that profess Jesus as their savior but they know him not as their Lord. There is a distinction that must be made between savior and lord. To profess Jesus is your savior is to understand the redemption brought forth by the sacrifice that was made by Christ on Calvary. To profess Jesus as your Lord is to allow him to be the sovereign king in your life. When Jesus is lord it is his will be done in your life and not your own. Undoubtedly, many people say Jesus is their savior but know him not as their lord but the reality is Christ the redeemer, Christ the savior is only this to you if he is your lord.
“This is love: that we walk according to his commands. This is the command as you have heard it from the beginning: that you walk in love.”
2 John 1:6 CSB
As followers of Christ we demonstrate our love through faithful obedience to the will of God. The will of God is for us to walk in Love. When we walk in love everything else will fall into place.
He has told you men what is good and what it is the Lord requires of you: Only to act justly, to love faithfulness, and to walk humbly with your God
To walk with God is to live your life in accordance to His will. We are to love and show others the love of Christ. This can be difficult at times after all we are still in a fallen world and subject to sinful actions. However, we only fail when we do not learn from our actions and grow in our faith. Scripture is clear about how we are to interact with the world around us, we are to act justly and love faithfulness, and be humble in our walking with God.
David Curry of Open Doors USA talks about the horrific Christian persecution occurring in Nigeria and across the globe, and what we can learn from it.
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