Luke and The Lost
When it comes to technology, are you told you are hopelessly out of touch? When it comes to relating to your children or grandchildren, do they roll their eyes with every comment you make about the world and the morality of life situations? How about your vehicle? Don’t you love it when you take it in for service and the technicians use their own language to warn you that your vehicle will disintegrate on your way home if you don’t let them spend a few thousand on fixing it? You say no to the service and they roll their eyes, sigh and give you the look disgust.
Are you treated as hopeless out of touch when others try to justify why they do what they do even though it doesn’t match with what God’s Word says? Or are we hopeless out of touch with what God is saying to us? Are we living life to please others, to look good and act as though others matter, when they really don’t in our hearts?
Jesus relates to those who call HIM “hopelessly out of touch”. It is interesting and awesome how He explains who is hopelessly out of touch with God. Jesus turns the tables once again on the religious Pharisees and shows us Kingdom of God thinking and behaving. Who is hopelessly out of touch now? Read and discover His Truth. Evaluate where we stand. Are we hopelessly out of touch with the world and it’s thinking OR hopelessly out of touch with God and His thinking?
I feel another parable of explanation coming on….
Luke 16, The Message
God Sees Behind Appearances
10-13 Jesus went on to make these comments:
If you’re honest in small things,
you’ll be honest in big things;
If you’re a crook in small things,
you’ll be a crook in big things.
If you’re not honest in small jobs,
who will put you in charge of the store?
No worker can serve two bosses:
He’ll either hate the first and love the second
Or adore the first and despise the second.
You can’t serve both God and the Bank.
14-18 When the Pharisees, a money-obsessed bunch, heard him say these things, they rolled their eyes, dismissing him as hopelessly out of touch. So Jesus spoke to them: “You are masters at making yourselves look good in front of others, but God knows what’s behind the appearance.
What society sees and calls monumental,
God sees through and calls monstrous.
God’s Law and the Prophets climaxed in John;
Now it’s all kingdom of God—the glad news
and compelling invitation to every man and woman.
The sky will disintegrate and the earth dissolve
before a single letter of God’s Law wears out.
Using the legalities of divorce
as a cover for lust is adultery;
Using the legalities of marriage
as a cover for lust is adultery.
The Rich Man and Lazarus
19-21 “There once was a rich man, expensively dressed in the latest fashions, wasting his days in conspicuous consumption. A poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, had been dumped on his doorstep. All he lived for was to get a meal from scraps off the rich man’s table. His best friends were the dogs who came and licked his sores.
22-24 “Then he died, this poor man, and was taken up by the angels to the lap of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. In hell and in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham in the distance and Lazarus in his lap. He called out, ‘Father Abraham, mercy! Have mercy! Send Lazarus to dip his finger in water to cool my tongue. I’m in agony in this fire.’
25-26 “But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that in your lifetime you got the good things and Lazarus the bad things. It’s not like that here. Here he’s consoled and you’re tormented. Besides, in all these matters there is a huge chasm set between us so that no one can go from us to you even if he wanted to, nor can anyone cross over from you to us.’
27-28 “The rich man said, ‘Then let me ask you, Father: Send him to the house of my father where I have five brothers, so he can tell them the score and warn them so they won’t end up here in this place of torment.’
29 “Abraham answered, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets to tell them the score. Let them listen to them.’
30 “‘I know, Father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but they’re not listening. If someone came back to them from the dead, they would change their ways.’
31 “Abraham replied, ‘If they won’t listen to Moses and the Prophets, they’re not going to be convinced by someone who rises from the dead.’”
What do you think?
–What makes you roll your eyes?
–What makes you feel “hopelessly out of touch”?
Dear Heavenly Father,
We repent of trying to look good to the outside world about anything. What a waste of energy! We are at our best when we are relentless in touch with YOU, working to please you with whatever task is before us, loving You first then loving others like you love us, with staying focused on Your Word to us. We are in touch when we communicate with you unceasingly with honesty and truth. Thank you for helping us each day to live in a hopelessly out of touch world. May lost people get in touch with you before it’s too late. Use us if necessary.
In Jesus Name, Amen. I believe.