Archive for February 11th, 2008

Luke 18

Jesus teaches us some important lessons in the first part of Luke 18.  He starts the chapter telling his followers this very important truth: “it was necessary for them to pray consistently and never quit”.  Are you prayed up?  Do you pray regularly and continually.  Or are you a one timer – pray it and drop it.  The tendency is for us to do that – at least for me.  God knows the situation doesn’t He.  Why should I keep on reminding Him?  Because He has told me to.  God desires to hear our hearts.  He wants to know what matters.  Jesus continues by telling the story of the Pharisees and their attitude about prayer – it was all in the show to them.  They prayed like this: “Oh, God, I thank you that I am not like other people”.  Oh boy – not a good thing to be praying. Prayer is not a way to justify ourselves in God’s eyes.  It is not about me at all actually.  It is totally about God.  None of us can approach the throne as justified.  We are all sinners.  And comparing ourselves to another trying to position us as better is a very bad plan.  The reality is that even on our best day – we are still not going to achieve holiness before a perfect God.  Comparing myself to any other person is using the wrong measuring stick.  It doesn’t matter.  My only comparison can be to the perfect holy nature of God and I will always fall short.  Scripture calls that death.  Scripture says that without the saving grace of Jesus eternity looks pretty bleak.  But Jesus does give us the model for how we should approach life.  The tax man, whom the Pharisees were putting at the bottom of their list of people not to be like is used as the example.  Jesus says this: “If you walk around with your nose in the air, you’re going to end up flat on your face, but if you’re content to be simply yourself, you will become more than yourself”.  Quit pretending and be you.  Acknowledge your sin and focus on becoming a Christ follower.  That is what we need to do.  We need to accept our pathetic self and recognize that in Jesus we can be set free and made perfect in God’s sight.  And we need to model this behavior for our kids.  Jesus goes on to scold the disciples who were trying to prevent the children from coming to Him.  “Let the children alone…don’t get between them and me”.  As the grown ups in this world, we need to be pointing kids to Jesus with our lives, not leading them down a different path.  It is up to us to be reh responsible adults.  Part of that is modeling the Christian life for all to see, but in particular we need to make sure it happens in front of our kids.  They need to see Jesus at work in our lives.  They need to know prayer matters to us and see the results of our prayers.  We have a responsibility to live life openly and honestly in front of those around us.  Are you sharing God’s touch with your kids?  How about those you work with?  Do they meet Jesus through you??

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