The Gospel of Luke Devotional
- Day 21 Luke Chapter 21
- Bible Reading: Luke 21:1-38
- Focus Scripture: Luke 21:1-2 And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury. And He saw a poor widow putting in two small copper coins.
You never know who is watching you at any given moment. Some years ago I noticed a little boy sitting by himself while all the other children were playing and having a great time. He didn’t look physically hurt so I asked if I could sit with him. He shrugged his shoulders. I told him my name. He shrugged his shoulders. I asked him his name. He shrugged his shoulders. So I told him I would call him Hero. To which he gave me the most incredulous look. He asked why would I call him that or think that was his name. I explained at that moment he was my hero because he allowed me to relax and enjoy his company. To which he replied…you’re welcome. We sat for a few more minutes in a comfortable silence watching the other kids. Of course, as though watching a movie the basketball gently bounces in our direction. Two students came bounding towards us attempting to push the ball back into play. Suddenly Hero stands up, grabs the ball, and proceeds to the court making a basket. He stayed on the court. Smiling to myself I started to leave as a teacher approached me. Hero was a new student and she had tried everything to break his shell. He communicated with her and was extremely intelligent, but he did not want to make new friends. She had watched the entire time, unbeknownst to me. The boost in confidence was enough to get him to join the game. Time is a sacrifice and we can make huge impacts when we pay attention.
Christ revealed that He watches us. CLOSELY. Christ also reveals that He speaks well about our sacrifices to Him. Luke 21:3-4 He knows everything about us down to the number of hairs we have on our heads. God is omnipresent. However, Satan does his best to dissuade us from the truth. He is NOT omnipresent so he uses our weaknesses against us by creating doubt and other tactics to infiltrate our minds. Where the mind goes the heart will follow. If we continue to believe that our sins or evil deeds do not need repentance, Satan has won and is lording over us. God-Sees-All! Do not allow the enemy to have us believe otherwise.
Christ knew the financial status of each person casting their coins into the treasury. God knows our circumstances, He knows what we can afford and what we sacrifice. What we give is not only measured by our financial standings but also in what we do, and how we do it. When we sacrifice our time or give of our talents we should do so without anticipating gain. Our mindsets have us trained to receive a monetary reward when we do tasks. We are capable of being a blessing and have God use us, why should we expect anything in return?
Let love be our guide. Not seeking to elevate ourselves or have someone regard us as a personal savior. The love that is sacrificial, not expecting a return. The peering eyes of our neighbors and loved ones watch our actions. What are you seen doing? Jesus gave His life for us. We are to return our lives to Him.
- How do you use the resources God blesses you with to help others?
- Do you sacrifice or do you only give the bare minimum?
- Are you remaining watchful and on guard for Christ’s return?
- A Few Points:
- Luke 21:1-4 A widow gives all she has.
- Luke 21:5-24 Jesus tells about His future. Speaking to the disciples Jesus tells of the things to come and things we can expect as well. Our family, friends, and neighbors will betray us; but following God’s commands, we have eternal life.
- Luke 21:25-33 God’s Word is everlasting it will endure forever. Jesus will return.
- Luke 21:34-38 We are to stay watchful, to keep alert. People were coming to listen to the Word of God.
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