Jesus tells more parables and heals a crippled woman on the Sabbath
- Do bad things only happen to bad people? If so, what do verses 1-5 suggest?
- In what ways is the Kingdom of God like a mustard seed, or yeast?
- Why did Jesus compare the way of salvation to a ‘narrow door’ (vv 22-30)?
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Going Deeper from 'Words of Life'
Then Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear’ (Luke 12:22).
It is easy to say not to worry, yet many of us do. We all have to deal with ‘stuff’, and some of it is pretty heavy. It may be to do with us personally, our family, friends, or things going on around us. We don’t know each other’s situations, what’s happening deep inside. But Jesus does. He simply tells us to leave it all with him. To trust him. Not to worry.
He said to them, ‘Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to’ (13:23, 24).
We all face various circumstances, then often have to make a choice.
Sometimes we make the right one. At other times the choices we make are a compromise, and we know God isn’t pleased. It’s not always easy, going through the ‘narrow door’. Others might not understand, but Jesus does. And he wants to help us – always.
‘And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple’ (14:27).
Some people carry crosses that are extremely difficult. Others have a lesser cross to bear. Yet still, for any of us, there is a cost involved in believing. Life gets complex, and no one knows what we are really feeling deep down. But God knows – and loves us all so much!
Lord, being your disciple does cost us. But I wouldn’t want it any other way. So help me not to worry and to always go through that narrow door.
I promise to carry my cross daily for you, Jesus!
Beverly IvanyTags: Luke