Luke 18

Vs. 1,Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.”  We continue to see Jesus interacting with those around him and teaching in parables.  Yesterday, I talked about exercising our faith.  Question: Have you ever felt like you just wanted to give up? In the persistent widow, we see how important it is to keep our faith when we pray to God (vs. 1-8).  Continuing the prayer theme, Jesus gives us a contrasting scene of a Pharisee and a Tax Collector (vs. 9-14).  There are many lessons to prayer, but the one I see here is the importance of humility before God.  We can never stand before God with justifiable reasons; it’s only the grace of God.  We are once again reminded of how important children are to Jesus (vs. 15-17).  This morning, our church invited the Youth group to come to the adult early morning service.  We had an opportunity to really pray for the youth and remind ourselves that they are the future church!  In the rich young ruler, we are reminded from two chapters ago about the love of money (vs. 19-29).  How sad that the man realized the truth, yet chose riches.  Thankfully, another person in the blind beggar, would respond with joy (vs. 35-43).

Regarding application…Obedience in Trials.  Vs. 32, “He will be handed over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him, spit on him, flog him and kill him.”  May we never forget the obedience to death, even death on a cross that Jesus would do for us.  Jesus knew it beforehand, yet was obedient.  Christians with faith when life is good, they come a dime a dozen.  What separates the sheep from the goat is having faith even in the storms and trials of life.  Question: How do you respond?  Over the years of ministry, I’ve seen many respond in different ways.  Some use trials as a reason to blame God or the church.  Others use it to feel sorry for themselves.  Still others choose to not give up and are faithful.  Question: Which one are you?