This week in our study with GoodMorningGirls.org we’ll be studying Luke 10. The prevailing message in this chapter seems to be “Don’t miss the Kingdom.”
In the first set of verses, Jesus is sending out another group of disciples to spread the news that the kingdom is here. To those who accept their message, they are to let their peace rest on them. However, to those who reject the message, the disciples are to call down curses on them. Jesus has equipped his disciples to with his power to heal and cast out demons, the message to the towns they visit is clear. Jesus tells them to say, “The kingdom of God has come near” (Luke 10:9, 11, ESV). Don’t miss the Kingdom.
Later in chapter 10 Jesus tells the story of the Good Samaritan. He tells of two men who passed by another who had been hurt, because they were too busy to stop and show compassion. However, a Samaritan, an outcast in the society of that day, did have time to stop and show mercy and compassion to the injured man. Jesus’ message is clear, “You go, and do likewise” (Luke 10:37, ESV). Don’t pass by opportunities to bring his Kingdom to earth.
Finally, we read the infamous story of Mary and Martha. Martha is busy trying to serve everyone, while Mary sits at Jesus’ feet and listens. Martha in exasperation asks Jesus to tell Mary to help her, however, again his message is clear, “Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken from her” (Luke 10:42, ESV). Don’t miss the Kingdom’s message, Martha.
I like to be hard on those who miss the kingdom in this chapter. I’m appalled by the lack of faith of those who saw the miracles and still turned away. I look down on the Levite and priest who passed the injured man by. And I chastise Martha for being so wrapped up in service that she didn’t have time to really listen to Jesus. However, most days if I’m being truthful,I identify more with those who miss the Kingdom than those who accept it.
Most days I’m so wrapped up in my world, my list, and my problems that I don’t even see those Kingdom moments. I fail to really stop and acknowledge God when miracles happen right in front of me. I pass by those who are hurting along my path. I get so wrapped up in service to my family that I forget my time with God or miss Kingdom moments in the lives of my children.
So today I want to do it differently. Today, I want to slow down and spend time at Jesus’ feet. Today, I want to slow down and see those Kingdom moments and miracles happening all around me. Today, I don’t want to miss the Kingdom. Will you join me?
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