Making the Right Decisions

Reading Luke 6:12-38, Jesus reveals a sense of responsibility when He chooses apostles to take on future leadership. His first order of business was to go out to spend an entire night on the mountainside praying (v. 12). When we choose others to take on more leadership responsibilities, praying about the decision should be our top priority too. Our time in prayer should be a time of preparation and planning just as Jesus demonstrates to us in today’s passage when making a decision about who would be His twelve Apostles. We should desire to know the right steps to follow and the right people to get help from.

After Jesus received direction, He called everyone together and chose the twelve Apostles. Then He gave a message on blessings and woes. The specific actions Jesus said we should take are to desire spiritual treasures and not the desires of this world. He tells the people that the poor, the hungry, and the rejected will be blessed. Our reward to look forward to is the reward in heaven (v. 23).

Another great point from this passage is the “Golden Rule”; treat others as we want to be treated (v. 31). We should strive to give to others as though we are giving to God; not just our money, but our encouragement and service to others. We should reap what we sow (vv. 37-38). Give to others encouragement and we will receive encouragement in return.

What God gives in a plan for life is a treasure and the more we lose ourselves in this plan, the more passion we will have. This day with God, we pray for our present attitudes and daily living that might be changed as a result of what has been learned in today’s passage.

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About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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