The Gospel of Luke Devotional
- Day 12 Luke Chapter 12
- Bible Reading Luke 12:1-59
- •Focus Verse: Luke 12:3 “Accordingly, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in the inner rooms will be proclaimed upon the housetops.”
It’s always funny to hear toddlers attempt to whisper. Parents may want to tell children something discreetly. Perhaps, the need to excuse themselves and ask the child to stay seated; only to have them “whisper” very loudly “DO YOU HAVE TO GO MAKE A POOP?” Oh the things children say.
Well, we should get comfortable with our private words and thoughts becoming public spectacles. Luke 12:3 Tells us that everything even our inaudible utterances will see light. In other words we cannot hide who we truly are for long. Because hypocrisy is exhausting; living a lie is confusing, and being a part from God is excruciating. As believers we must reflect, have the Holy Spirit refine us by removing any untruths, and sin away from our hearts. Acknowledging we are not perfect by identifying areas God has urged us to change, this is a step closer to Him and away from sin.
Fearing those that can kill our bodies is focusing on the temporary. We become weak-minded when we follow man and his ideals. Luke 12:4-5 Teaches us that we are to fear the Lord who can cast us into hell. Standing firm in Christ is our calling. But how? When someone opposes what we know to be true we are to hold it up against the Holy Word; our strength will come from the Lord. Do not be ashamed of Christ who died for our sins. Jesus tells us the Holy Spirit will help us defend the name of God. Do not let man silence our faith in Christ out of fear.
Satan wants to create doubt and for us to play the victim in his underhanded schemes. However, we must not give credit to Satan for sin we want to commit. (James 4:17) This type of excusatory action is often linked to prideful emotions. We say the Holy Spirit is still working on us yet we continue to sin. Where is the work? Cooperating with God through the Holy Spirit is the way to grow spiritually mature. Denying our flesh, humbling ourselves before God is the refining process; it will be painful at first. I am a witness that once you’ve humbled yourself before God and reverence Him, the opinions of other people will become background noise.
Luke 11:33-35 Put God first by allowing His light to shine on the dark areas. Once a problem is illuminated the cleaning process can begin. What we say, do, feel, act on, and think are a direct reflection of God’s work within us. Do not allow the enemy to tell you it is better to put your light under a cellar or under a basket. Allow God’s light to shine brightly so that all may see and be guided by it. May His perfect work be completed in us all. Philippians 1:6
- What do you see when you look in the mirror?
- Do you feel positive about yourself?
- How does the image you have of yourself show up in conversations with others?
A Few Points:
- Luke 12:1-3 Jesus teaches not to fall for the hypocrisy of false leaders, those who do not follow God’s commands but expects everyone else to do so.
- Luke 12:4-12 Jesus teaches us to fear Him. Our focus does not need to be on man’s expectations but on God’s. He is the one that decides where our souls will go.
- Luke 12:13-21 The parable of the rich fool. Jesus teaches about greed. We are not to build larger dwellings to house things that no one can use, nor are we to continuously store up things here on earth. This person is not rich in God but has enriched himself.
- Luke 12:22-34 Jesus warns about worry. We are not to be anxious for anything because it will not add a single hour to our lives. We are to live wisely. The products we purchase should be long-lasting, not searching for the next better item. Our treasure is in the Lord and when we spend time with Him our hearts will be there as well.
- Luke 12:35-48 Be ready for the Lord at all times!