Sipping my tea as I try to recover from my illness. This tea thing is not my original. But open our bibles and we to Luke 14 and we visit Jesus as he visits the house of a prominent Pharisee. The first message: "1One Sabbath, when he went to dine at the house of a ruler of the Pharisees, they were watching him carefully. 2And behold, there was a man before him who had dropsy. 3And Jesus responded to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not?" 4But they remained silent. Then he took him and healed him and sent him away. 5And he said to them, "Which of you, having a son or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?" 6 And they could not reply to these things." Sometimes we think we are very tight with rules but God shows us something peculiar, that sometime we have to break some rules to sustain greater ones. Certainly God went out of his comfort zone to send to the cross his only begotten son for us, that whomever beleiveth on him should have eternal life. Some call it tough love and sometime its the only kind of love that will work. Certainly God wants mercy and not sacrifice. Second message: " 7Now he told a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the places of honor, saying to them, 8"When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest someone more distinguished than you be invited by him, 9and he who invited you both will come and say to you, 'Give your place to this person,' and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place. 10But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, 'Friend, move up higher.' Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you. 11For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." This one is for me. Sometime when I think someone is treating me menaily and I have to pick up the table or serve it. I wonder about this passage whether I'm taking myself to seriously and not thinking that maybe I should take a second chair once in while. Perhaps you are disatisfied with your line of work? Or being a housewife is just the pits for you? Or going to school is a drag? Think about it honor doesn't come until we've gone to boot-camp then we are ready for the uniform. Third message: "12He said also to the man who had invited him, "When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. 13But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just." We can't expect to cater to the good crowd all the time. Perhaps you have to go out of your way and be kind to the unlikeables, the poor, the misunderstood or those nobody wants to touch. We can't be always be the life of the party for our inner crowd and never venture in to the twi-light is, in the marginals of society. Certainly Jesus was a freind of 'sinner' and 'tax collectors'. Fourth message: " 15When one of those who reclined at table with him heard these things, he said to him, "Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!" 16But he said to him, "A man once gave a great banquet and invited many. 17And at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, 'Come, for everything is now ready.' 18But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, 'I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please have me excused.' 19And another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them. Please have me excused.' 20And another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.' 21So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house became angry and said to his servant, 'Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.' 22And the servant said, 'Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.' 23And the master said to the servant, 'Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. 24For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.'" This is about making excuses. Don't not single your everyday life as the prime-directive. Give some priority to God matters. Make you life revolve around God. Col. 3:1. Don't try to be so busy on non-God matters. Fifth message: ["... 25Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them, 26 "If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. 28For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? 29Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30saying, 'This man began to build and was not able to finish.' 31Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. 33 So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. 34 "Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? 35It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.] In this matter, sometimes we need a transformation in thinking. Whom we think is our real family of the heart. It we for some reason haven't sactified Jesus in our heart, we will at some point take the advice of someone against Jesus. No. We don't want to start arguments in the family. But we should have a very sober accessment of whom is the author of our deepest pride, joy and rejoicing- Jesus. That concludes our brief study to meditate upon. It's brief to lay a foundation. Books could be written about it, but we just want to look at it breifly. May you be blessed. Amen. thbg
This was exactly what I needed to hear today. It is so good to be reminded of simple truths that so easily can be forgotten. I particularly was encouraged by the third and fourth message. How easy it is to be nice or to want to talk to people that are "easy to talk to", or fit what we think a christian should be. My husband reminded me not to long ago, as I was complaining about someone at work I just don't like, "It is easy to love a person when you like them, but it is Godly to love a person when you don't".
Thanx for your study and thoughts.
Thank you 'melisa' for you kind comment and amen and kudos. I just marvel at God and I'm glad I was able to serve you today. It's a blessing to read your comment. May you be blessed. Amen.
Five points to this sermonette instead of the normal three! And outstandingly presented all!
B2Y has a new blog on humility. Jesus" words as recorded in Luke explain it so well. Thanks, thbg, for this wonderful, remindful piece.