March 25 Making A Difference or Making The Grade?

Deuteronomy 4:1-49;  Luke 6:39-7:10;  Psalm 68:1-18;  Proverbs 11:28

Jesus wrapped up his Sermon on the Plain with some pointed illustrations for his listeners:

#1 “Can a blind man lead a blind man?…A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is full trained will be like his teacher.” Luke 6:39-40

If we want to be a disciple of Jesus, we not only must hear his words but do what his word says–He wants us to be like Him.

“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”

#2  “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?…You, hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”  Luke 6:41-42

As Christians we may know what the Bible says and the truth about Jesus.  We may be very eager to point out the errors of someone’s ways.  But, unless we first examine our own lives and acknowledge before God our own grievous faults we have no business speaking to others about their sins.  We all sin.  We all need God’s grace daily.  When we can see clearly, we can show others the way.

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged.  Do not condemn and you will not be condemned.  Forgive and you will be forgiven.”

#3  “Why do you call me Lord, Lord and do not do what I say?  I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice.”  Luke 6:46-47

Picture a house built with a rock solid foundation still standing with waves of water beating against it.

“But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like the man who built a house on the ground without a foundation.”  Luke 6:49

Now picture a pile of rubble with streams of water running through it.

Jesus wanted his hearers to be doers of His Word.  He wanted His truths to permeate their hearts so that their lives were changed.

“Love your enemies, do good to them and lend to them without expecting to get any back.  Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.  Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

We were once God’s enemies because of our sin and He did not treat us as our sins deserved.  Praise God.  May we live to make a difference for Him, not just live to make the grade.

Lord God, you not only want us to be students of your word, but you want us to be like your Son who is the Living Word.  You want us to be making a difference in the lives of those who do not know you.  You desire our lives to be an open ‘book’ that shows the world what you are like.  We cannot do this on our own and we ask that you help us to be the light you want us to be.  We ask your forgiveness for the many times we have failed to reflect your grace and mercy.   Guide our words and actions this day, that we make truly live as your disciples.  For Jesus’ sake we pray.  Amen

 

 

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