June 17, 2022
Scripture Resource Passage: Luke 14
Jesus counsels his disciples, “…all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted” (Luke 14:11). As disciples we monitor our interior self, as well as our public demeanor. We have reasons to be thankful as well as humble.
We celebrate God’s generosity. We also seek the Spirit’s encouragement, for spiritual checkups on our own do not automatically occur. The practice of examining yourself can reveal seismic cracks hidden by artificial constructs.
Ignoring eroded and cratered fault lines is perilous. It is profoundly comparable to saying we were not aware of the San Andreas or New Madrid fault lines which run beneath California and southern Indiana.
As Jesus cautions all disciples: we particularly focus on humility-faults lest we fall into a demonically laid trap of thinking more highly of ourselves than we ought. Disciples faithfully declare that spiritual benefits come to us not as earned awards, but as sovereign gifts.
We are thankful because God invites us to Heaven’s great celebration banquet of Christ’s victory. We are humble because we know the invitation is purchased by the sacrifice, death, burial and resurrection of the Christ.
Life Application Questions
What parts of your life bring a smile to God’s face?
Which patterns of spiritual reflection do you find helpful?
When was the last time you choose to provide an act of service to another person?
During a typical day do you find yourself often using the pronoun “I?” What are the implications? What parts of your discipleship are pleasing to God and where is there room for growth?
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