THE LORD WILL RAISE HIS VOICE TO BE HEARD
This last Sunday, we started a new series, “Giving Up Your Idols” from Luke 9:59-60. Our midweek encouragement will be connected to the previous message for this series.
Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. 13 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it a den of robbers.’”
Look at the way Jesus lets those who are misusing the temple courts hear His loud voice. The Lord will get our attention one way or another. Have you ever been driving, and the red light illuminates the dashboard? What do you do? Some say, “that’s why there’s duct tape.” They want to cover up the red light and not think about why its glowing. If you ignore that red light, you will pay the price down the road. When we refuse to follow Jesus, we get the red light signal that something is wrong. We need to respond, or we will have to deal with the natural consequences.
Last Sunday’s message was from Luke 9:59-60.
It says in verse 59, “He said to another man, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”
Here is a man who wanted to follow Jesus, but now isn’t a good time. He wanted to bury his dad before he followed Him. But in that culture, when a father died, the male children would go home to claim their inheritance. This man is saying to Jesus, I will follow you, after I get my birthright. My inheritance is more important than you, Jesus. You can see the red light coming on, in Jesus response in verse 60. “Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Once again, Jesus is raising His voice and we hear how He feels about us giving excuses about, now not being a good time to listen, repent and obey.
Is there a red light on your dash that you’ve been ignoring? What is it?
Face it now in Christ’s strength. Don’t wait for things to breakdown.