The Coming Kingdom (Part 2)

Please go to the Bob Spradling YouTube channel today to listen to Rudy Ross explain Luke 17.31-37.

Rudy has devoted many years to better understand the End Times message of the Bible. I think you will find his teaching interesting and helpful.

In verse 33 we have Jesus’ teaching on how to live the best life possible, both now and forever. That verse will be the focus of today’s article.

Luke 17.33 “Those who try to make their life secure will lose it, but those who lose their life will keep it.”

Life On My Own

Jesus taught that the best way to lose the fullness of life, both now and forever, is to see life as our own possession. People who live like this do the following:

— They attempt to secure life for themselves.

— They take a deep personal interest in their own selfish concerns and aspirations.

— They attempt to have life revolve around themselves.

One author points out how people obsess over pleasure or pain.

Our thoughts are constantly on how we can improve the pleasures of life, or how to avoid pain.

Jesus’ counsel is that the person who evaluates life from their self-absorbed desires will end up losing the very life they seek.

The Jesus-Kind-of-Life

Years before I ever heard the phrase, “the Jesus-kind-of-life,” from Dallas Willard, I saw it in the life a Mexican mother of seven in Louisiana.

Her seven daughters were conceived by a number of different men. One of her high school classmates told me that she had a terrible reputation in her teen years.

Jesus had plans for this lady. He healed her from cancer in a way that transformed her from the inside out.

She, her husband, and daughters lived in a small government housing unit that was located across the street from the church I served.

In response to her prayers, Jesus healed her from a very debilitating case of cancer. I had the joy of baptizing her.

Like the sinful woman in Luke 7.36-50, she was forgiven much and loved Jesus much.

She was a living picture of Jesus’ teaching: “Those who lose their life will keep it” (Luke 17.33).

Our church had the only thrift store in our small town. We priced every item in the store at 25 Cents.

Our goal was to preserve the dignity of low income persons and to distribute as many items of clothing as possible.

This blessed Mexican woman treated our thrift store in the same fashion an upscale merchant might do theirs. Every person was treated as if they were high paying customers.

Her husband was a maintenance man in the housing development. She often volunteered him to help with repairs, often at night or on weekends.

The husband and wife team, Pepper and Ruby, were tremendous examples of God’s love and grace. They were joyful, happy, generous, kind, and wise – even in the midst of serious hardships that happened with their children.

You Can’t Lose

In the 1970’s, a late-night prosperity gospel preacher on AM radio used to say, “You can’t lose with the stuff I use.”

As you can expect, he wanted a significant “faith-promise” offering so he could live a prosperous life.

He was entertaining and at times was the only radio station I could pick up.

Jesus never had a radio program on a 50,000 watt, but he did have a message that we can count on.

He can genuinely say to us, “You can’t lose with the stuff I use,” but his program is the “stuff” that Ruby and Pepper used – self-giving love.

When we surrender our self-centered behavior and live in self-giving love, we will experience the life we have always wanted and more.

YouTube Video

I interviewed Rudy Ross on Luke 17.31-37. Please take 10 minutes to listen to the visit I had with Rudy. You will be happy that you did.

The video is on the Bob Spradling YouTube channel.

Please email your prayer request to bsprad49@gmail.com or private message me on Facebook. The Maywood prayer team will pray for you.

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