SUMMARY: Mindless mutterings
OVERVIEW: Each story Jesus tells in this chapter includes people who mutter a complaint or disbelief.
BIG IDEA: Jesus gives us opportunities.
KEY VERSE: Luke 19:10 (Jesus to Zacchaeus)
For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
I look for lost people. I want to save them from themselves. I want to protect them from greed, hopelessness, selfishness, arrogance, self-hatred, lack of forgiveness, guilt, regret, purposelessness, pretension, apathy, obsession, and lust that destroys them. I am ready and willing to deal with anything people offer me. Nothing is off-limits. Because I trust you, I will put lost people in your pathway. Don’t judge them or avoid them or condescend to them. I want you to love them. Introduce them to me.
Be patient with those who are critical. Some aren’t ready to show love or extend grace because they haven’t received it from me. Don’t push them aside or ignore them. Wait and pray. I am at work in their life. Keep waiting, loving, and praying. Be a person of hope, one full of life. Be quick to remind them what I’ve done for you, what I’ve done throughout history, and that I want to do the same for them.
What was your life before you knew Christ, or what would your life be like if you never knew him? Thank God for your relationship with him. Ask God who he has put in your life that you can encourage in their faith or begin to introduce to Jesus.
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