Friday, April 23, 2021

Luke 19 Devotional Thoughts by Stephen Taylor

Luke 19:10

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” 


This verse really speaks to me because for a long time, I didn’t know I was lost. If Jesus hadn’t pursued me, I would still be lost to this day and none the wiser. The way He sought me out was through His people. He used many different people to show me His love, patience, kindness, boldness, strength, and forgiveness. He used His people to speak life into me and show me there was a better way!

 

I was so lost, I didn’t even know I needed saved or where to begin! Luckily for me, God has some amazing people and they showed me who Jesus was!! People can’t save us – only Jesus Christ can do that – but He uses us to lead people to Him!

 

If Zacchaeus the tax collector from this story hadn’t heard about who Jesus was, do you think he would have climbed a tree just to get a look at Him? We have to be living examples of who Jesus is!! I can’t live like the devil and talk like Jesus and expect anyone to want any part of that!! Only Jesus can save, and He is looking for you!! let’s share that with the world!!!

 

I love you all, God bless, and let’s give God all the glory!!!!!

 

 

Luke 19:41-42

As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, He wept over it and said, "If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace - - but now it is hidden from your eyes.”

 

Last night, my wife and I were reading our one-year Bibles, and this verse jumped out at me. The heart of Christ is so accurately and passionately displayed as He cries over the city and the people who will soon deny and crucify Him! His heart is breaking, and He is weeping not because of the Cross before Him but rather because of all those who will be left behind.

 

Jesus knows He is the answer to every problem in that city, Jesus knows He is the healing for every hurt in their hearts, Jesus knows that He is the One they have been waiting for, and Jesus knows that most of them will not believe, and even worse than that, they will cast their lot with those who will kill Him! Imagine knowing all this and still weeping for them because you didn’t want to lose one of them! Could you love them that way if you knew what He knew? Can we do that nowadays? We’re called to, but can we do it?

 

Do we weep for those who deny Christ or who don’t know the Truth? Or do we argue, slander, and oppose those who are still trapped in the darkness? How do we respond when the response we receive from others is contrary to what we believe? We are called to respond in Truth and Love!

 

One thing the Holy Spirit revealed to me through this is that yes, Jesus' heart broke for these people, and He wept for them, but that didn’t change what He taught them or what He stood for! True love doesn’t compromise truth but tells it with a humble, honest, compassionate heart! Jesus didn’t waiver in His teachings in order to save them. He actually did the exact opposite. He told them the truth (which was hard for them to receive at times) in the hope that they would turn and be saved! We are called to do the same! Don’t let feelings get in the way of faith and allow you to waiver on the Word of God!

 

1 Timothy 4:16 - Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.

 

This is a command with a promise!

 

God bless! I love you all! Glory, Honor, and Praise forever to God Almighty, King Jesus, and the Holy Spirit!

 

 

 

 

 

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