for the past couple days i have been camping out in Luke 10. there is so much in those 42 verses that i feel i need to spend adequate time there to truly grasp what it is saying. i’m loving it so far. this is what im processing through::
1. “I have given you the power to trample on snakes and scorpions and to defeat the power of your enemy Satan. Nothing can harm you. But don’t be happy because evil spirits obey you. Be happy that your names are written in heaven!”
Luke 10:19-20 (CEV)
I love how Jesus perfectly constructed Luke 10. if you read and spend some time in it and then study it backwards, it makes sense why he would mention this statement before the next set of verses i have listed.
as children of God, we have conquered sin. we are victorious only through Jesus. Knowing that nothing can harm us should instill a confidence and determination that as philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ…” it should motivate us to live our lives worthy of the calling of Christ (Eph. 4). thus, giving us the courage to help someone (as mentioned below with the Good Samaritan) if God calls us to it, no matter what else is at stake. God calls for our obedience in this. i pray my heart always says, “Yes, Lord, here I am.” (Isaiah 6)
2.“But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him.”
Luke 10:33-34 (NIV)
i think it’s so easy to say that we would have compassion and help someone if they needed it. but the fact is, many live their life believing they are like the Good Samaritan, but the truth is, many aren’t. i am at fault for this. i want to think that given a circumstance, i would do the right thing, but sometimes my flesh gets in the way…i think to much about it and let the enemy convince me it’s just not worth it. “someone else will come along.” these verses are convicting to me. they humble me and remind me just why i love international missions so much. they remind me why i love africa, especially south africa so much. God gives us these opportunities on a silver platter, to help, to change, to make a difference where otherwise no one could. most of the time people are just too lazy to do anything about it.
3. “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Luke 10: 41-42 (NIV)
i hope i can also say my heart is always focused on what truly matters. it doesn’t matter where i am at in life, or where i feel im lacking in comparison to where i would like to be. ALL that matters is that i remain Kingdom-minded. our main objective in being on earth is to glorify Jesus and make His name known. I tend to be a Martha a lot of the time, worrying about things that just don’t matter (i think we could all agree on that). But God always has a way of humbling me and reminding me whats truly important.
until next time… :)