SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- In the last chapter of Luke, we saw Jesus warns Pharisees because of their hypocritical lifestyle. Jesus continues to drive this point home in today's chapter when he refers to the hypocrisy of the Pharisees as a yeast. Yeast is a fungus that grows rapidly under the right conditions. Jesus also reminds the disciples that nothing is hidden from God.
- Jesus goes on to encourage the crowd not to fear rejection or death. He knows they will face persecution for their belief. They may face a hostile world, but loving God and standing up for what really matters. And just like God cares for a simple bird, he will care for them in time of trouble.
- The Bible talks about money more than almost any other subject, and this chapter is no exception. Jesus is asked to settle a financial dispute, but instead reminds that greed is dangerous and will not lead us where we really want to go.
- God knows us inside and out. He knows our thoughts, our secrets, and our heart. Nothing can be hidden from him. He also knows our worries and our fears, and he cares for us and knows what we need.
- God wants us to choose what we care about most. If we are to follow him whole-heartedly, nothing else can come first. Not money, family, or even life on this earth. We must let go to pursue Jesus.
- Honesty time: Is God the number one priority in your life? The question is not do you believe in God? or Do you go to church? Even the Pharisees did these things and were told they would not enter the kingdom of God. The question is whether God is your ultimate priority and comes first for you in everything. Your family is important, but does God even come before them? Your job really matters, but is God an even higher priority? Do you obey God with your money? Your sexuality? In the way you treat other people? Remember, it's an honest moment. So: Is God central in your life?