Luke 21

Luke 21 has Jesus continuing to teach.  He tells a parable about seeing“a poor widow put in two small copper coins” into the offering.  It wasn’t much at all compared to the rich, who put in large sums.  But Jesus said “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them”.  It isn’t the size of the contribution that Jesus cared about.  It was the heart behind the giving.  Jesus teaches us that “they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on”.  We mistake the external with the heart.  God cares about our heart.  It’s not what we do, as much as how and why we do it that matters.

Jesus goes on to share about the things that will happen before the end of the world.  He warns His followers that “before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name’s sake”.  There will be a price for being a Christ Follower as we approach the end times.  Jesus has warned about this throughout His teaching, but it gets pretty clear and real here.  That day continues to come ever closer, and He tells us what to do in order to be ready.

”This will be your opportunity to bear witness”.  We’ll be placed in front of authorities and will have a chance to talk about the Christ that we follow.  So how should we prepare?  “Settle it therefore in your minds not to meditate beforehand how to answer, for I will give you a mouth and  wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict”.  He tells us to settle our relationship with Him in our hearts – know who He is and how we are connected to Him – and then trust Him to provide the words when we need them.  We don’t have to spend our life preparing for the inquiry.  He’ll give us the words when we need them.  We merely need to have the relationship solid and in place.

There will be much chaos as that day approaches.  Jesus tells us that “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away”.  But in the midst of the chaos, there is one thing we can cling to – His Word.  That means we need to be in the Word daily, studying and learning it, because it will be the rock to which we can cling as the world around us begins to fall apart.  Jesus tells us to “stay awake at all times, praying that you may  have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man”.  We aren’t to bury our head in the sand and ignore what’s going on around us.  We need to stay diligent and focused on walking with Him and watching what is happening around us!

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