Apr 6th 2021 · Day 96
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In Luke 18 we see Jesus teaching His followers on three hallmarks of both the kingdom of heaven, and our response to His love as Christ followers – the ‘faith, hope, and love’ that we read about in 1 Corinthians 13:13.
The widow’s persistent faith granted her justice in the end. She never gives up, and neither should we; it can be difficult if we have being praying for something for a long time, and God seems not to hear us. But we need to have faith that God does indeed hear our cries, as we persist in prayer! The tax collector’s hope was in God’s righteousness, not his own; he went home justified in the eyes of the Lord, rather than the self-righteous Pharisee. Let’s not trust in our own ‘rightness’, but hope in God’s mercy. Finally, Jesus shows us how to engage with the kingdom of heaven: with the love of a child: ‘Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God’ (v16).
Jesus is teaching His disciples about the currency of heaven: the treasure that will ‘abide’ forever (1 Corinthians 13:13), the treasures that we are to ‘lay up ... in heaven’ (Matthew 6:20).
Let’s be more generous with the faith we have in Jesus, the hope in His salvation, and our love for one another. Let us actively pursue opportunities to deal in these heavenly treasures, being ready in every situation and every circumstance to invest in the things that will echo into eternity.
Pause and reflect: In what ways do you need to exercise more faith? More hope? More love?
Originally from the Midlands, UK, Andrew and Vicki live in North Carolina, USA with their awesome children. On a journey of learning how to humbly do family God’s way, they are passionate about seeing broken lives restored through the love of Jesus, studying scripture, and seeking the presence of God in worship.
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