Sunday, January 13, 2013

Luke 6:17-26

v. 20-22 "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.  Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied.  Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.  Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man."  v. 24-26 "But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort.  Woe to you who are well fed now, for you will go hungry.  Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep.  Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for that is how their fathers treated the false prophets."  These verses are part of the Beatitudes (also see Matt. 5).  They describe what it means to follow Jesus.  They show what to expect from the world and from God.  They are also warnings, if you seek wealth at all cost then that might be all you get. 

Many false prophets were praised for predicting prosperity and victory.  We are more than happy to thank people for telling us what we want to hear.  Popularity is no guarantee of the truth.  If you seek someone's approval, you will be let down at some point.  You must be willing to give when others take, to love when others hate, to help when others abuse and to stand when all others around you fall.  

Where do you place your heart?

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