By Leanne Sharp, Orillia Campus, eTeam and Upstreet Small Group Leader
Welcome to Day 21 of the 24 Day Devotion. So glad you’re joining us! Each day for 24 days as a church, we’re going to read one chapter of the Gospel of Luke and post a devotion on it.
If you’ve never read the Bible, we’re so glad you’re joining us. And if you read the Bible, we hope this helps you grow in your faith.
Need to catch up? Start at Luke 1 – Is The New Testament A Lie? and follow along. Today’s devotion is below.
READ Luke 21
I am unprepared for His return. There, I said it, it’s out there.
I am NOT ready. I know God loves me. I believe Jesus died for me. I have faith that He rose again and is sitting with God in heaven, preparing a place for me. I believe, I do!
But maybe, just maybe, I have been too preoccupied with feasting and drinking and with the worries of this life (Luke 21:34) losing sight of the battle happening all around me.
Like many people, I am content right here, right now. But, let’s be honest, that’s not what Jesus wants for us. Jesus has called us to be active participants in His battle, in His return.
In Luke 21, Jesus describes the turmoil earth will go through ahead of His glorious return. Looking up from the pages of Luke I realize that what He foretold would happen is actually happening, right now, even as I write, just as He said.
It is both amazing and upsetting. All around us is war, famine, desperation. Women and children are scared, the earth is quaking, people are fighting…
And here I sit on my wee mountain top, living my comfy first world life, worrying if I will have time tomorrow to make a fresh salad with organic ingredients.
Right now, in our world, people are proclaiming the name of Jesus loud and proud… and dying for it.
And I am doing what? Making a salad and scanning Facebook… just being honest.
Jesus told us that, before He returns, we will be persecuted, scared, betrayed by our family… some of us will even be put to death.
“When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must happen first…” (Luke 21:9), “They will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison” (Luke 21:12).
Have you been persecuted? Imprisoned by your relatives and brought before your leaders because of your Christian faith? I doubt it. I know I haven’t experienced that level of fear or demonstrated the courage of our brothers and sisters who live for Him in the valley beneath my wee mountain… But I have heard their stories, seen the media reports, donated my shoes and money to “their cause”… Is that the action He wants?
I think we all know the answer.
It is time to get down from our comfortable mountains and experience life alongside our brothers and sisters.
“Stand firm and you will win life” (Luke 21:19).
“When these things begin to happen, stand up and raise your heads, because your salvation is near” (Luke 21:28).
Time to climb down from my wee mountain (Amos 6:1) and get myself ready for battle.
“Be always on the watch and pray that [we] may be able to escape all that is about to happen and stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:36).
Complacency and contentment doesn’t raise the dead to life. Salvation is near.
Jesus is telling us that our time to impact others and bring the dead to life is NOW.
Go out and look for opportunities to serve in His name.
Trust me, your mountain isn’t that big, the walk isn’t too far, so get up and go.
Jesus, thank you for your Word. The Bible is true and is a lamp to our feet.
Help us to use this lamp to get off our mountains and fight in your name, raising our heads and watching for your glorious return.