Is God First?
Luke 17:1-10 contains some powerful teachings from Jesus about trespasses, temptations, and the power of faith.
Let us take a closer look at these teachings and what they mean for our lives.
In verses 1-2, Jesus warns his disciples about the dangers of causing others to stumble. He tells them that it would be better for them to have a millstone tied around their neck and be thrown into the sea than to cause someone to stumble.
This is a powerful reminder that we should prioritize the well-being of others and avoid leading them astray.
In verses 3-4, Jesus instructs his disciples to forgive those who sin against them, even if they sin against them seven times in a day. This teaching highlights the importance of prioritizing forgiveness and reconciliation in our relationships with others.
In verses 5-6, the disciples ask Jesus to increase their faith. Jesus tells them that even a small amount of faith can move mountains. This teaching reminds us of the power of faith and our need to trust in God in all situations.
In verses 7-10, Jesus tells his disciples that when they have done all that they were commanded to do, they should say, “We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.” This teaching reminds us of the humility and obedience that are required of us as followers of Christ.
Taken together, these teachings show us the importance of being mindful of our own actions and the impact they have on others. We must be quick to forgive and seek reconciliation with those who have wronged us. We must also have faith in God and trust in His power to move mountains in our lives. Finally, we must approach our relationship with God with humility and obedience, recognizing that we are unworthy servants who have only done our duty.
In a world where trespasses and temptations abound, it can be easy to lose sight of the power of faith and the importance of forgiveness and reconciliation. However, Jesus reminds us in Luke 17 that these things are essential to a healthy and fulfilling life as a follower of Christ.
I must also emphasize that we should prioritize our relationship with God above all else, including our own desires and goals. By doing so, we can avoid causing others to stumble, prioritize forgiveness and reconciliation in our relationships, and live a life of faith and obedience to God.
As Christians, it can be easy to get caught up in the busyness of life and forget to prioritize God. However, Jesus reminds us in Luke 17 that God should be at the center of our lives. By prioritizing God, we can live a life that is pleasing to Him and make a positive impact in the world.
Torrie is a media ministry consultant who works with churches and faith driven organizations to build their ministry team. She is the Blueprint Specialist uncovering root problems to construct solutions. Want to hear more? Tune in and listen to A Daily Purpose Bible Study & Devotional a podcast by Our Given Purpose and on Fridays to Talking on Purpose with Torrie the Podcast. Torrie also hosts a YouTube channel of the same name.