Luke is full of rich details about the work of Jesus. As you have already read through Matthew and Mark, I think you will notice a different approach from Luke.
In the middle of today’s reading, he covers some issues that are easy to notice.
Luke 12:15 “Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
Luke 12:33-34 “Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Luke 12:48 “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”
Luke 14:12-14 “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
We realize that all of this reading is taking time out of your busy schedules. But I am suggesting that you also try to add a little more prayer time into your day. Try to avoid the temptation to speed-read your way through, just so you can finish. Stay focused and keep your heart open.
Prayer for today: “God, we thank you for your Word, for its truth and power in our lives. Thank you for giving us access into your heart. Please guard the Word that we are receiving, allow it to do what You desire in us. Help us to not only read, but also to apply what we are reading. Let your Word be at the forefront of our thoughts today. And allow us the privilege of sharing your Word with others. In the name of Christ, Amen.”
We will conclude Luke on Sunday.