Week 29, Day 3
Week 29, Day 3
July 20, 2022
Scripture: Luke 16
“The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.” (Luke 16:14–15)
God knows your heart.
I’ve shared before, but it’s important, “If you take care of your heart, the fruit will take care of itself.” Dallas Willard has taught me a lot about how to care for my heart. Passages like Luke 16 ask us to evaluate our lives. What is the condition of our hearts? What is it that we love? Do we love God or the material things of the world?
Jesus knows our hearts. He knows what is within us. It is wise of us to consider what it is that we love.
The Parable of the Rich man and Lazarus teaches us to consider where we have put our trust and what we love. The Rich man looks at his life and begs to tell his family to revaluate what really matters. There’s nothing he can do about it. He begs that his family would hear an alternative to life than what they’ve been living.
It’s not about wealth and the pursuit of comfort. He knows this now, and begs to tell his family. It’s not possible. And besides the point, as Jesus tells the story, “They won’t listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.”
That is the struggle. Will we listen now? Will we repent and turn to God, now? Listen, repent and follow Christ.
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Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.