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Are you willing to go searching? As we continue reading through Luke, we see that chapter 15, verses 1-10 give two separate stories about people who have lost something and search to find it, then rejoice once it it’s found. Often we talk about the fact that there is rejoicing in heaven over sinners coming to salvation, but today this verse stuck out to me.

“What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?
Luke 15:4 NASB

Jesus assumes that the people will go seek after the lost. Are we welling to go and do that. Are we still so concerned for the lost people around us that we are willing to do whatever we need to do to see them come to know Christ? When we are that invested in people them the rejoicing comes naturally when they have accepted Jesus. The concern is that we have to be that invested in them that we are willing to go in the first place.

Do we care that people around us are I  need of as savior? Do we desire to see them come to know Christ so much that we are willing to leave our own stuff to go search for them?  That is the first question we must ask ourselves before we start talking about rejoicing with them in their salvation.

Are you going where you have been invited? Invitations are an interesting thing here in the United States. My children will receive invitations for birthday parties or other events and sometimes we go and sometimes we’re not able to. However, if we were to receive an invitation to come to the White House, we would put more focus on that and rearrange existing plans to be able to attend. The value of an invitation is in who is doing the inviting.  Jesus tells a similar story in Luke 14:16-35.

For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste of my dinner.'”
Luke 14:24 NASB

Jesus gives a story where people reject an invitation from Him. We have been given an amazing opportunity to be invited to come into the presence of the King of Kings, yet people have excuses as to why they can’t make it.

What is our response to the invitation that Christ gives to us? Will we accept His invitation and allow Him to share all that He is with us? If we reject His invitation, He will reject us.

How do we view ourselves? If we’re not careful we will get a view of ourselves that is greater and grander than what it should be. Reading through Luke 14:1-15 we see this verse:

For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Luke 14:11 NASB

It’s interesting how humility and exaltation go together. Whichever one we tend to strive for, we often find ourselves experiencing the other. Often if we spend time trying to get others to exalt us and to try and exalt ourselves, we will often find ourselves humbled by the experiences and situations that we go through. However, if we will humble ourselves and will have a servant heart and mentality, often wee find ourselves to be lifted up.

What are we striving for? What do we seek after? We are to keep the right perspective on what we do and how we do it for only as we humble ourselves will we experience the glory that God desires for Himself.

Are we truly a follower of Jesus? Do we know and understand what it means to be surrendered to Him and all that He is? As we read Luke 13:22-35 we see:

Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets’; and He will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you are from; depart from me , all you evildoers .’
Luke 13:26‭-‬27 NASB

There will be people who think that they have been serving God, but they find out that they have not really known Him. Do we really know the One we claim to serve? Do we recognize when there is wrong teaching? Can we understand and do what He would do in situations and circumstance? Do we reflect our Savior to others? And does our avior know us and do we truly know Him?

Are some people worse than others? Do some people sin more completely than others? The people in Jesus’s day won greed that. They had heard about some different situations and they thought those people were worse than they were. Reading through Luke 13:1-20 we see Jesus make this statement 2 times.

I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”
Luke 13:5 NASB

The people he was talking to seemed to forget that we are all sinners. We have all messed up and fallen short of the glory of God. We all have need of a savior. We must get past thinking that some people are good and some are evil. We are all sinners in need of God’s grace. We are all in need of repentance and forgiveness. Will we repent and come to Him today?

Are we ready? If we knew when things were going to happen we would be prepared and moving our families in the best direction to ensure that they are safe. We would have a sense of urgency in everything that we did and we wouldn’t waste time doing things that didn’t help with being ready. Looking at Luke chapter 12, starting in verse 35 through the end of the chapter we see:

“But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have allowed his house to be broken into. You too, be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not expect.”
Luke 12:39‭-‬40 NASB

We are a people who like deadlines. We procrastinate and we wait until the last minute for things. However God wants us to have that same sense of urgency even when we don’t know the exact date or time of when he is going to return. Are we living today with the expectation that it might be our last day before Christ returns? What would we do differently if we knew He was coming back today?

Worry much? We all have had times where we get anxious or thoughtful about the events or circumstances that we are going through. Yet do we allow ourselves to be consumed by worry. As we continue reading in Luke 12:1-34 we see this verse

And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span?
Luke 12:25 NASB

I know that if it were possible to add time to our life span simply by worrying, I would have added a significant amount. How about you? We can be incessant worriers and there is much in our culture that makes us want to worry. Yet God promises that He will be with us. Do we trust Him? Ultimately, the issue of worry comes down to trust. Do we trust God or not. If we do, we will find ourselves content to leave situations in His hands. If we don’t, then we will find ourselves plagued by worry.

What does your life look like today? On a scale of 1 to 10, how often are you worried. On that same scale, where is your trust in God. What can you do to increase your trust in Him today?


When we chose to follow Christ, what changes about us? Can anyone tell a difference? Read through Luke 11:29-54

“No one, after lighting a lamp, puts it away in a cellar nor under a basket, but on the lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light.
Luke 11:33 NASB

When we come to Jesus, it is like we have lit a lamp. Christ lights a fire in us and we have to decide what we are going to do with the flame. Will we hide it? Or, will we display it for all the world to see? When Christ comes into our life, He desires to change us to be more like Him, but only we can decide if we are going to allow Him to change us and to make us new and different. Then we must decide if we are going to display that change for the world to see. Will we show the world what God does in our lives? Will our obedience be more than just in words only?

What was the last thing that you asked God for? What about the last thing you were seeking from God? We often spend a lot of time asking God for things but not nearly enough time seeking and knocking. See Luke 11:1-28, paying special attention to verses 9 and 10.

“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened.
Luke 11:9‭-‬10 NASB

We often know a lot about asking, but are not nearly as good at seeking and knocking. Seeking implies that we recognize that we are missing something. Knocking implies that we are on a journey and have not yet arrived. If we’re not careful, asking just becomes about greed and pride, but the other two are what keeps us grounded. We are to be doing all three. We are on a journey and there are things that are missing in our lives that God wants to provide to us, such as love and patience among other things. If we are spending all our time asking God to just give us stuff then we will miss out on all that God has for us to learn by seeking and knocking. Seek after Him today and knock as you go through your journey today. God has more He wants to give you than what you are currently experiencing.

What is mercy?  Jesus addresses that question in Luke 10:25-42.

Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands? ” And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.”
Luke 10:36‭-‬37 NASB

A man was injured and even though he didn’t deserve to have help from anyone, a man helped him. And not just any man, but a man who is pretty much a sworn enemy off the Jews. That man sacrificed his own things in order to provide for the injured man. He took from his own resources and provided for that man. Mercy refers to doing something that no one else deserves. There is no rational logical explanation for mercy and it makes no sense to think about our do.

As we interact with people today do we see them as an opportunity for us to show mercy? We have an amazing chance to treat people better than they deserve today, and as a result, show them Jesus.