Luke – Doors Wide Open!
We cannot be in the world, thinking and behaving like the world and say we believe in Jesus and follow Him. When we choose Him with heart, mind and soul, others will not be happy with you. A line is drawn in the sand and you have stepped over it to be with Jesus, to be like Jesus and do what He wants to do in your life.
It will not be what those who don’t follow Jesus will want from you or for you. They want you completely to themselves. Those who are selfish concerning you and your time with them will be the most saddened that you have made this decision to follow Jesus instead of them. They want to be the one that monopolizes your time, telling you who are are and what they want you to be. So, don’t think this life of following Jesus will be easy. Don’t think that your family and friends might leave you, make fun of your life with Jesus or be mad because you are following Jesus. It will happen.
The line in the sand has been made. You are for Jesus, all in with Jesus…or you are not. We cannot stand on the line, teetering on the line, by holding out one hand to Jesus and the other clinging still to our former lives which include the world and all it has to offer to us.
Make the choice to love and follow Jesus and stick with it. Be ready to serve Jesus at a moment’s notice. Choose wisely. Serve with glad hearts. Your choice has eternal, life or death consequences.
Luke 12, New Living Translation
Be Ready for the Lord’s Coming
35 “Be dressed for service and keep your lamps burning, 36 as though you were waiting for your master to return from the wedding feast. Then you will be ready to open the door and let him in the moment he arrives and knocks. 37 The servants who are ready and waiting for his return will be rewarded. I tell you the truth, he himself will seat them, put on an apron, and serve them as they sit and eat! 38 He may come in the middle of the night or just before dawn. But whenever he comes, he will reward the servants who are ready.
39 “Understand this: If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would not permit his house to be broken into. 40 You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.”
41 Peter asked, “Lord, is that illustration just for us or for everyone?”
42 And the Lord replied, “A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them. 43 If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward. 44 I tell you the truth, the master will put that servant in charge of all he owns. 45 But what if the servant thinks, ‘My master won’t be back for a while,’ and he begins beating the other servants, partying, and getting drunk? 46 The master will return unannounced and unexpected, and he will cut the servant in pieces and banish him with the unfaithful.
47 “And a servant who knows what the master wants, but isn’t prepared and doesn’t carry out those instructions, will be severely punished. 48 But someone who does not know, and then does something wrong, will be punished only lightly. When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.
Jesus Causes Division
49 “I have come to set the world on fire, and I wish it were already burning! 50 I have a terrible baptism of suffering ahead of me, and I am under a heavy burden until it is accomplished. 51 Do you think I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I have come to divide people against each other! 52 From now on families will be split apart, three in favor of me, and two against—or two in favor and three against.
53 ‘Father will be divided against son
and son against father;
mother against daughter
and daughter against mother;
and mother-in-law against daughter-in-law
and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.’”
54 Then Jesus turned to the crowd and said, “When you see clouds beginning to form in the west, you say, ‘Here comes a shower.’ And you are right. 55 When the south wind blows, you say, ‘Today will be a scorcher.’ And it is. 56 You fools! You know how to interpret the weather signs of the earth and sky, but you don’t know how to interpret the present times.
57 “Why can’t you decide for yourselves what is right? 58 When you are on the way to court with your accuser, try to settle the matter before you get there. Otherwise, your accuser may drag you before the judge, who will hand you over to an officer, who will throw you into prison. 59 And if that happens, you won’t be free again until you have paid the very last penny.”
Choose this day whom you will serve. This has been and always will be a choice to make before God.
“But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15, NLT
I have decided to follow Jesus. No turning back. No regrets. No shame. “I have come to set the world on fire, and I wish it were already burning!”, says Jesus. Are we on fire for and with him?
Dear Heavenly Father, Lord and Savior,
Set our hearts on fire! I choose You above all that this world has to offer. You are the One and Only. You are unchangeable in your love and word for us. You are trustworthy and keep all your promises. No human can do that. Why would I choose anyone or anything above you alone? You are Creator of all, in all and above all. You know our comings and goings. You delight in every detail of our lives. I love you back with all my heart, mind and soul. I’m ready. Come, Lord Jesus.
In Jesus Name, Amen