Today’s Tasting: Luke 16-17
Luke 16: This chapter tells the story of two parables. The first one is of the shrewd manager. His boss got a report that the manager was wasting his money. So, he told him to get his report together for he was going to be fired. The manager knew he was too old to do anything else. He went to the people that owed his boss money and told them to decrease what they owed, in order for them to remember him and become his friends. The rich boss admired the manager for his shrewd ways. The lesson was to use your resources to benefit others and to make friends. The second parable describes the Rich Man and Lazarus. Lazarus was a poor man that laid at the rich man’s door but he did not help him. They both died and Lazarus went to heaven. The rich man went to hell. The rich man cried out to Abraham to allow Lazarus to dip water on his tongue because of heavy aguish. Abraham reminded him of the comfort of Lazarus—you owned everything and he owned nothing. Yet, you refused to help him. The rich man wanted Abraham to allow Lazarus to warn his other brothers, but Abraham refused.
Luke 17: This chapter starts with the subject of forgiveness. We are encouraged to forgive no matter the circumstances. Ten men with leprosy called out to Jesus to have mercy on them. He healed them, but only one returned to thank Him. The Pharisees question Jesus about the Kingdom of God coming. Jesus told His disciples that people will say there goes the Son of Man, but to not follow them or believe them. Jesus started describing that it will be just as any other day when the Son of Man returns.
Today’s Nourishment: Jesus continues His teaching in parables:
- He teaches to live faithful in little things and they will be faithful over bigger things.
- He teaches them to forgive anyone who wrongs them.
- He teaches them the danger of not helping those who are in need when they have the resources to do so.
- He tells them about the end times.
These lessons are very much relevant to our lives for change:
- We must live an honest life and faithful in all things.
- We must have compassion on the poor.
- We must forgive just as God has forgiven us.
- We must not forget to praise God in all things for it is He who does all good things.
- We must live our lives everyday as if it were our last. For we do not know the day nor the hour when the Son of Man shall return.
- We can confess and repent if we have been lacking in any area that was told in these parables.
God is ready and willing to forgive us right now!
Father, I thank You for the teaching of Your word. Help me to be faithful in all things especially the small ones. Help me to have compassion on those who are less fortunate than me and not look down others. Help me to freely forgive just like You forgive me every single day without question. Help me to live my life every day as if it were my last with no regrets and giving You the glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Are you having trouble forgiving anyone who has wronged you?
Do you look down on the less fortunate without realizing that it could have been you?
We all have areas to improve and change, but we must remember to stay humble at all times.
Name one area where you need to change or it could prove fatal in your spiritual life.
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Tomorrow’s Delight: John 11
Chantea Williams, Greater Working Women Ministries