Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Tuesday, April 3rd: Ruth 1-4, Luke 13 ~ Danae

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Ruth 1-4, Luke 13

23-25 A bystander said, “Master, will only a few be saved?”
He said, “Whether few or many is none of your business. Put your mind on your life with God. The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires your total attention. A lot of you are going to assume that you’ll sit down to God’s salvation banquet just because you’ve been hanging around the neighborhood all your lives. Well, one day you’re going to be banging on the door, wanting to get in, but you’ll find the door locked and the Master saying, ‘Sorry, you’re not on my guest list.’
26-27 “You’ll protest, ‘But we’ve known you all our lives!’ only to be interrupted with his abrupt, ‘Your kind of knowing can hardly be called knowing. You don’t know the first thing about me.’
28-30 “That’s when you’ll find yourselves out in the cold, strangers to grace. You’ll watch Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets march into God’s kingdom. You’ll watch outsiders stream in from east, west, north, and south and sit down at the table of God’s kingdom. And all the time you’ll be outside looking in—and wondering what happened.

I go to church...is that enough?
I pray...is that enough?
I read my Bible...is that enough?
Do I just do “enough” to feel good about myself or am I giving my life with God my total attention? Do I say that I know God but haven’t really given myself to him?
Am I any different than the next guy (that wouldn’t claim to be a Christian)?
~Do I love more?
~Am I kinder?
~Am I more generous?
~Am I more patient & slower to anger?
~Are my words more gentle, softer spoken, God honouring?
~Do the people around me see God in & through me?
Am I actively pursuing God? Do I seek him throughout my day? Do I strive to live a life of “Christ-likeness”?
Will he know me at that banquet table, knowing that I gave my best to him?

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage1 Samuel 1-3, Luke 14:1-24

1 comment:

Tammy said...

It's to hard to balance the seemingly opposite truths of "faith alone" with "the way to life is vigorous and requires your total attention".

Our works never save us. But they do give evidence of our faith.

Like the saying goes - if you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convinct you?