Scripture: Luke 12-13. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Jesus was a great teacher and leader. In Luke 12-13, we read about Jesus speaking against hypocrisy, Jesus telling the parable of the rich fool, Jesus’ warnings about worry, preparing for his coming, coming division, and future crisis, Jesus calling people to repent, Jesus healing a crippled woman, Jesus teaching about the Kingdom of God and entering the Kingdom, and Jesus grieving over Jerusalem. There is so much to learn from the New Testament and great examples to follow! Follow along as we read Luke, Chapters 12 and 13!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
God cares for each one of us, because we belong to Him; He wants what is best for us. We are all extremely valuable to our Heavenly Father. Jesus tells us in Luke 12:10 that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is an unforgivable sin. Blasphemy is best described in dictionary.com as when “a person insults, offends, or vilifies the deity, Christ, or the Christian religion.” We must be very careful with our words, actions, and attitudes. Jesus taught the parable of the rich fool. He challenges us to think beyond our earthly goals and to use what God has given to us already for God’s Kingdom. Money and other earthly possessions will have no value in eternity. We are to be obedient to God, serve Him, and have faith that He is in complete control of our lives. Let’s face it – we all worry in life, and it is sometimes hard NOT to worry. We must put our complete trust and faith in God, praying to Him about our concerns instead of worrying, and trusting that He will help us overcome our struggles. When we give God complete control of our lives, it means that we are trusting Him to provide and take care of us and every situation that we come across. God must be the center of our lives. One day, Jesus will return. When he comes back, we must be ready to greet him. Now is the time to live our lives the way God wants us to, striving to do our best and always being obedient in our walks with Him. God’s coming judgment will be upon all people, so we must ask for forgiveness from our sins and turn back to God while we can. We must also thank Him on a daily basis for sending His son Jesus to die for our sins.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Book of Luke, and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.