Luke and The Lost
Our moods tell a lot about what we are thinking and feeling. Our moods leak into our actions. Our moods can change as quickly as seconds tick into hours. Our moods are sometimes very selfish. Moodiness is often negative and self-driven with pity when our faces show frowns with darkened eyes. Other times, when things are going well, our moods change. We smile and the light returns to our eyes, brightening our whole countenance. “What put you in such a good mood?”, others will say because they notice. When I smile, many ask me, “what are you up to?” I guess that twinkle, that I inherited from my Grandma Lacquement is a sign of impending mischief, but it’s not. It is Christ living in me. What is your mood? What is the mood of this age we are living in? Has the light of Jesus in our eyes darkened?
Our moods affect other’s moods. One day, because of many unfortunate incidents before I got to school, I was in a bad mood. Instead of greeting my students with a smile at the door, I walked about the room getting the tasks ready for the day. The students came in, put away their belongings. In just a few minutes the “mood” of the room began to change. Students started picking on each other. The noise level rose. The routine was completely off and they were beginning to get out of control. I stopped everything and apologized to them. I told them that my day didn’t begin too well and my mood caused their day to begin badly.
“We’re going to start this day over!”, I told them with a smile. I sent them all back to the hallway. I even shut the door for a few seconds with me inside the room. Then I opened the door with a huge smile, mood changed, greeting my students as I always had done. Our day was back to normal. Students went back to their seats with smiles. Their mood changed because I changed my mood.
Jesus tells us that the mood of the age is all wrong. He states that everybody’s looking for proof, but the wrong kind from Him. He reprimands the people with “all you’re looking for is something to titillate your curiosity, satisfy your lust for miracles.” Is that us, today? Are we just moving through life, relying on God to continually show us proof of His existence? Are in a good mood only when He does that for us? What is our mood? How much “evidence” do we need to love and simple trust Him with all our hearts, minds and souls? Do we have a lust for miracles? Are we going to be in a bad mood until He performs for us? How about a lust for just Him?
Luke 11, The Message
Keep Your Eyes Open
29-30 As the crowd swelled, he took a fresh tack: “The mood of this age is all wrong. Everybody’s looking for proof, but you’re looking for the wrong kind. All you’re looking for is something to titillate your curiosity, satisfy your lust for miracles. But the only proof you’re going to get is the Jonah-proof given to the Ninevites, which looks like no proof at all. What Jonah was to Nineveh, the Son of Man is to this age.
32,31 “On Judgment Day the Ninevites will stand up and give evidence that will condemn this generation, because when Jonah preached to them they changed their lives. A far greater preacher than Jonah is here, and you squabble about ‘proofs.’ On Judgment Day the Queen of Sheba will come forward and bring evidence that condemns this generation, because she traveled from a far corner of the earth to listen to wise Solomon. Wisdom far greater than Solomon’s is right in front of you, and you quibble over ‘evidence.’
33-36 “No one lights a lamp, then hides it in a drawer. It’s put on a lamp stand so those entering the room have light to see where they’re going. Your eye is a lamp, lighting up your whole body. If you live wide-eyed in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. Keep your eyes open, your lamp burning, so you don’t get musty and murky. Keep your life as well-lighted as your best-lighted room.”
Ooh, what do we learn?
–The mood of THIS age is all wrong.
–We don’t need miracles or more evidence.
–We control our mood. God’s Holy Spirit helps us.
–Turn on His Light by believing, trusting and obeying.
–Keep The Light on, eyes wide open! People will notice!
–Avoid, like the plague, musty and murky moods.
–Keep our lives well lit…like Times Square in New York, turning darkness into light.
–Lead others to The Light by His Light burning in us.
–Jesus, simply Jesus, is a mood-changer. Think about what He has done for you and for me.
Lord, help us to change our mood. Help us to change the mood of this age.
In Jesus Name, Amen