If you think Jesus wants people to hear him and follow his directions, all you have to do is keep reading the Gospel of Luke.
In today’s blog article there are two more passages that emphasize the importance of knowing and doing what Jesus teaches.
God Lights Our Way
God has provided the light for our path. It is our responsibility to follow it.
— Luke 8.16-18 – “No one after lighting a lamp hides it under a jar, or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light.
“For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed, nor is anything secret that will not become known and come to light.
“Then pay attention to how you listen; for to those who have, more will be given; and from those who do not have, even what they seem to have will be taken away.”
If you want to see the best picture of God’s nature and character, pay attention to how Jesus lived his life.
If you want to know how to live the best life possible, learn what Jesus taught and follow his directions.
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life” (John 8.12).
The best response we can make to the “Light of the World,” is to be guided by him.
God has given us an awesome opportunity. We can learn from Jesus every day, simply by carefully and prayerfully reading the Gospels.
God has provided us light and he challenges us to know and follow Jesus’ guidance.
I have made it my practice to read the Gospels every day for many years. I have found Jesus’ words to be true.
The more I read, the more he is able to reveal to me. He will do the same for you.
An Awesome Opportunity
We have reached the pinnacle of benefits to hearing Jesus in the next three verses.
— Luke 8.19-21 – Then his mother and his brothers came to him, but they could not reach him because of the crowd.
And he was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.”
But he said to them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”
Mary was afforded one of the greatest honors of all time. She carried in her womb the Savior of the world.
Jesus did not intend to disrespect his family, but he underscored the great value of knowing and doing God’s will.
We become members of God’s family by aligning our lives with God’s purposes.
Jesus came to make it possible for humans to regain the “image of God” that was lost through sin.
As we cooperate with Jesus, the power of the Holy Spirit enables us to move in the direction of resembling the qualities of kinship with Jesus.
Paul described the essential cooperation of human effort and God’s grace.
He wrote, “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them — though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me” (1 Corinthians 15.10).
What kind of work did Paul do? He learned what was God’s will and he made every effort to do it.
What part did God play in Paul’s success? God provided the grace (power of the Holy Spirit) to enable Paul to fulfill God’s will.
Here are some questions we need to seriously consider.
— If knowing and doing God’s will is so important to Jesus, can I ignore it and go my own way?
— If Jesus is willing to provide “light” for my journey through life, should I not gladly follow his guidance?
— If my destiny is to have the character of Jesus, how can I experience that character if I don’t align my life with God’s purposes for it?
Rudy Ross and I discuss this passage today on the Bob Spradling YouTube channel. Rudy brings years of Bible study and a love for God to the conversation.
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