Sometimes a phrase gets stuck in your head and you return to it throughout your life. As a teenager, my mother would often say to me, “Remember who you are…” before I would walk out the door to hop in the car with my friends. As my friends would participate in all manner of debased teenage activities, those four words haunted me throughout the night. To this day, the phrase occasionally returns to my mind.
I wonder if this happened to Jesus’ disciples. When their lives and wellbeing were threatened, did they ever hear Jesus say “…do not be anxious about your life…it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom?” If so, how did they react? Did they spit at the thought, thinking, “some kingdom this is!”
If we are honest with ourselves, it is not hard to see this type of reaction to God in our daily lives. The doctor sits you down to share a dismal prognosis, your teenager is brought home by the cops, or you’ve been passed over for the past several promotions and, in despair or anger, you think, “I don’t deserve this.” In those moments, “…do not be anxious about your life…” seems cruel.
Of course, we know from history that many in the persecuted early church held fast to Christ and his teachings. When they seemingly had so many reasons not to, why did they? Perhaps, when they heard “…do not be anxious about your life…” they also remembered that Jesus foretold his death, saying that he, the Son of Man, would “give his life as a ransom for many.” Perhaps when they heard, “it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom,” they remembered Jesus upon the cross, winning the kingdom for them.
This Sunday, we see in Luke 11-13 that the way to true blessedness is wholly different from what we would expect. While we futilely attempt to slake our endless thirst for blessing on all of the world’s puddles, Christ calls us to himself, the true fount of blessing. He is the “well of water springing up unto eternal life” and we are desperately thirsty for his blessing. Let us all put off ourselves, come to Christ, and thirst no more.
Scripture: Luke 11:27:13:9
Sermon: The King Leads Us to Blessedness
Satisfied (arr. Karl Digerness)
1. Fear of man can be a powerful barrier to sharing the good news of Jesus with others. How have you seen this in your life? What is a passage of scripture that speaks to this fear that you can memorize this week?
2. How does Luke 12:35-48 speak about your role in God’s Kingdom in your present life? In which areas of your life do you see the tendencies of the unprepared servant? How might you specifically pray for God to give you an eternal perspective within these areas of your life?
3. God has called you to fight your sin. How have you seen God give you victory over a particular sin in the past? How might this currently inform your battle against sin? How might you share your victories and struggles as an encouragement to those fighting similar sins?