Tuesday 18 Dec 2018

December 18: Luke 6:37-49

Key Verse: Luke 6:46
Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?

Devotion:
I guess it is this type of passage most people can relate to from the bible, the ones where Christ gives us the simple instructions and simple rules, the ones which agree with our lives... It is these ones which people hear in Sunday school and Church services, and it is the same one’s people go out and break themselves too. We are all guilty of it at some stage in our lives, so we all have to accept the fact we are being referenced by these words... but how many of us go away from those same services and take these words with us? How many of us take the words literally and make a difference in our lives?

It is easy to sit and listen to good advice coming from a good person and to then to place yourself in that “good persons” guild, the one where all the people obey those rules! But actually, obeying and following them is what counts; not just at the time you hear them, but continually in your life from that point on. Repentance, as we have covered in the past, is a time when you make a stand and say “no more”; it’s not a time when you say sorry expecting to go back there in a day or two... If we want to make a difference in our lives, then we have to make a change in our lives that will make that difference – that change has got to be our true repentance.

I guess most of us do not aim at the right spot either... We like to think we are good and we follow most of the rules which are good to follow... but where are we destined to go? Are we even thinking about tomorrow? Most of us will have to admit we think about today and make changes in our lives because we can see what will happen in the next few minutes, hours or even days. That is the type of forethought that we live on. What Christ wants us to do is to look beyond that and look at what He has laid up for us in our futures. Christ wants us to act as if we are aiming for our life after our death; what use is a long life on earth if we are not going to have an eternal life in heaven? If we are not looking to Him as our Living God, then we are not aiming for heaven... We need to focus on where our souls will spend eternity...

Points to Ponder:
Do you think you are a good person?

Have you done the right thing to gain an eternal life with Christ yet?

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