Luke and The Lost
There is a lot of talk these days about your portfolio, your worth in dollars, stock, bonds, and just plain stuff. It seems this is the most important agenda we should be concerned about ourselves. Do we have enough to sustain ourselves when we retire from paid positions at work because of age? Will we be able to pass on a legacy for our children and their children? After talking with a financial adviser, who even predicted when my husband will probably die and what we, as a couple, will probably leave behind, (or not), you are awakened to what the world thinks you are worth. Mm.
Then Jesus, who talks about our “money” frequently, comes along and tells us our true worth. He tells us to be more concerned with our souls. What is in our heart of hearts? Are we hiding behind masks of insecurity, fear, and loathing of self and others that lead to sins of pride, selfishness and other sins of darkness? What is our worth to Him? What is His price for us? Who will stand up for us in the end? Is it possible to lose our souls?
Jesus answers all these life questions well. In this next passage of Luke, thousands are now gathering around Him because of His popularity, but take note, He is more concerned that His disciples will be taught the Truth and live the Truth. He tells them to “watch out”! Don’t buy in to what the Pharisees are selling. That is not your worth. It is these men and women who will pass on Truth when Jesus leaves earth.
Believing friends…watch out! We too have a tendency to busy ourselves with church work while hiding behind masks of fear with lack of trust in the One who loves us most. Pull down the mask as leaders. Be venerable. Admit imperfection and help others be honest in their deepening relationship with our Savior and Lord. We are worth so much more to Him than we think. It shows in our behavior! What HE thinks of us is worth all the suffering, merely surviving at times, troubles, storms and hard work this world has to offer. Listen and be blessed by what Jesus teaches his disciples…
Luke 12, The Message
Can’t Hide Behind a Religious Mask
12 1-3 By this time the crowd, unwieldy and stepping on each other’s toes, numbered into the thousands. But Jesus’ primary concern was his disciples. He said to them, “Watch yourselves carefully so you don’t get contaminated with Pharisee yeast, Pharisee phoniness. You can’t keep your true self hidden forever; before long you’ll be exposed. You can’t hide behind a religious mask forever; sooner or later the mask will slip and your true face will be known. You can’t whisper one thing in private and preach the opposite in public; the day’s coming when those whispers will be repeated all over town.
4-5 “I’m speaking to you as dear friends. Don’t be bluffed into silence or insincerity by the threats of religious bullies. True, they can kill you, but then what can they do? There’s nothing they can do to your soul, your core being. Save your fear for God, who holds your entire life—body and soul—in his hands.
6-7 “What’s the price of two or three pet canaries? Some loose change, right? But God never overlooks a single one. And he pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail—even numbering the hairs on your head! So don’t be intimidated by all this bully talk. You’re worth more than a million canaries.
8-9 “Stand up for me among the people you meet and the Son of Man will stand up for you before all God’s angels. But if you pretend you don’t know me, do you think I’ll defend you before God’s angels?
10 “If you bad-mouth the Son of Man out of misunderstanding or ignorance, that can be overlooked. But if you’re knowingly attacking God himself, taking aim at the Holy Spirit, that won’t be overlooked.
11-12 “When they drag you into their meeting places, or into police courts and before judges, don’t worry about defending yourselves—what you’ll say or how you’ll say it. The right words will be there. The Holy Spirit will give you the right words when the time comes.”
Think about it, take all the time you need to let it sink in…
–When we stand firm in Him and for Him, He stands before God the Father for us!
–We are worth more than a million…of anything!
–There’s NOTHING anyone can do to your soul, your core being.
–God holds our entire life, body and soul, in His Hands!
–Pull down the masks. Live freely, openly and honest.
–Using God’s name in anger will not be overlooked. Watch out!
–The Holy Spirit will always give us the right words at the right time in the right Spirit…of love…if we listen and obey.
Dear Heavenly Father,
What then are we afraid of when we are honest before You? You love us more than we can imagine. You stand for us when others want to drag us down. You help us defeat the foe who lurks in the shadows. You bring light to darkness. We are worth dying for to save our souls. There is no one like You, Lord! I believe. Help us to listen, to hear and understand and obey quickly and freely.
In Jesus Name, Amen