In Luke 10:25-37, Jesus answered the question “who is my neighbor”? This question came from an expert in the law and Jesus answers with The Parable of the Good Samaritan. In Luke 10:27, we were given the law’s requirements for eternal life. To love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, love your neighbor as yourself (v. 27).
How can you be a good neighbor today? Who can you invite to church? Provide information that may prevent crime. Who can you car pool with, bring in their trash when they are out of town, or help when they are in need? This day with God will be amazing because what we make happen for others will be given back to us. When we give a smile, a smile will be given back. When we act kind, we receive kindness from others.
In Luke 11, Jesus provides a model prayer. Let us follow the example of Jesus. He rose early in the morning and spent His time with God before He spent His time on the “busyness” of His world. Let us read a short block of scripture each day, pray for guidance in how to apply the lesson learned to our daily life, and document these lessons so we continue to build on them throughout life.
Also in Luke 11, Jesus explains the need for leaders to remove obstacles instead of creating difficulties. The Pharisees and Lawyers created burdens that made the path to God very difficult. What Jesus has done for us is make the path to God less burdensome rather than loaded down with the burdens of social ceremonies.
This day with God, let us collect the precious insight gained in God’s Word. When we see something amazing, let’s enthusiastically point it out so it is highlighted and captures everyone’s interest. Let’s shine the light so others can plainly see and recognize that it is God at work.
Bible study and prayer should be a top priority in our life. That’s why I’ll be continuing the study in the book of Luke and sharing a few thoughts. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. You can keep up with my spiritual journey by clicking http://wp.me/1ar6D.
As the journey through God’s Word continues, below are questions for reflection for the study of Luke 11-12 which will help focus some thoughts to share in posts over the next few weeks.
In what ways is hypocrisy futile? What encouragement and warning does Jesus give His disciples? How do Jesus’ words affect the content of your message to students, neighbors, associates, others? There is an awful outcome for those that refuse the witness of the Holy Spirit. How can this knowledge incite you to a bold, persuasive witness?
How does the man misunderstand Jesus’ purpose? Why is worrying utterly worthless? In what practical ways do you see God’s concern for and value of you?
How does the attitude toward the Lord’s return reveal where a man’s treasure is (see v. 34)? What would you do differently if you knew the Lord would be returning within 30 days? How are you using the abilities and opportunities God is giving you?
What is the basic question raised in verses 1-5? Who raises it? Why? What is the effect of freedom on the woman? What fact about the kingdom of God is Jesus illustrating with the metaphors of the mustard seed and leaven? What are your responsibilities in relation to the kingdom of God?
What is Jesus determined to do? What do the workers of iniquity misunderstand about entering the door? What are the consequences? On what basis will you be admitted? What qualities of Jesus are revealed by His attitude here? Do you know your purpose in life and how do you express this purpose?
The above reading plan will be used as I share over the next few posts. It’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Him as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make this day with Him amazing! At this link: God’s Plan for Us, is a post about accepting God’s plan or reaffirming our “YES” for Christ.
Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments or to a Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God.
Resources and Supplementary Helps Used in Posts
Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God. Downer Grove Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1978
First United Methodist Waco Podcast