QT – Luke 18

Vs. 1, “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.”  What a wonderful reminder of persistent prayer!  Jesus didn’t pull any punches and go soft when it came to sacrifice.  Some very well known parables/stories are shared in this passage…the persistent widow, the pharisee and the tax collector, and the event of the rich young ruler. If a selfish worldly judge can give mercy…how much more can our Heavenly Father? We see the contrast between the church goer (Pharisee) and the sinner (tax collecter). And the rich young ruler’s weakness was money…but don’t forget that money isn’t the only thing that can keep us from following Jesus.

Regarding application…Impossible?  Vs. 27, “Jesus replied, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.”  How can a camel go through the eye of a needle?  How can a sinner who is headed to Hell end up in Heaven?  It’s impossible…but, Jesus is in the business of doing the impossible.  As much as I would like to think I am a man of incredible faith, I am convicted as I ponder about all the possible things God desires to bless us with.  When I look at the youth group at CTC, I thought it was impossible for such growth when I first started last summer.  But, God is humbling me and reminding me that it is the LORD that can change the lives and events around us.  All we have to do is put our faith in Him.  It’s not what we do…because of it was…it would be impossible!