Thursday, November 18, 2010

Daily Devo: Luke:20-37, Comfortable Where You Are, or Looking For Jesus?

Luke 17:20-37
20 Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed, 21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”
22 And he said to the disciples, “The days are coming when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. 23 And they will say to you, ‘Look, there!’ or ‘Look, here!’ Do not go out or follow them. 24 For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. 25 But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. 26 Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27 They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. 28 Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot—they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building,29 but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all— 30 so will it be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed. 31 On that day, let the one who is on the housetop, with his goods in the house, not come down to take them away, and likewise let the one who is in the field not turn back. 32 Remember Lot's wife.33 Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it. 34 I tell you, in that night there will be two in one bed. One will be taken and the other left. 35 There will be two women grinding together. One will be taken and the other left.” 37 And they said to him, “Where, Lord?” He said to them, “Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.” (ESV)

Lord thank you for the reminder that today that you are coming back. It could be a day very much like today. As I ponder that thought, do I really have it forefront in my mind?

Am I doing what I should do? If you returned today, would I have regrets? In looking at this passage, I see that it is compared to two different times in history. One is the Noah and the flood. The other is Lot, his wife and the destruction of Sodom . In both of those, You warned people the time was coming, You also reached out to save Your people.The warning  " remember Lot's wife" is powerful. She so desired the rotten world she was comfortable in, that she would not accept the salvation you offered her.

I do not want to be found when You return as being someone who is chasing my own selfish desires. I want to be found serving You, loving those around me, and pointing them to You. Let me concentrate less on the unimportant and focus on Your return!

Even so Lord Jesus, come quickly! I am watching, and serving until then.

Chasing After Their Hearts,
Glenda Johnson

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