Through the Bible, August 20

Reading: Luke 9

Summary: Chapter 9 of Luke is quite diverse in that it contains record of Jesus sending out the twelve to preach, Herod’s confusion over Him, feeding the multitude, Peter’s confession, the transfiguration, casting a demon from a young boy, His rejection by a Samaritan village, as well as His foretelling His own death and teaching on what it means to follow Him.

Devotional Thought:

What Shall We Talk About?

What do you talk about?  What are your favorite subjects to discuss?  When you’re trying to make conversation, where do your thoughts go?  There are some easy, obvious choices: the weather, the big game, the latest headlines, the new popular show or movie or book; you know, the usuals.

What did Jesus talk about?  The kingdom.  When Matthew describes the initiation of Jesus’ public ministry, he says the He began to preach that “the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matt. 4:17).  Here in Luke when Jesus sent out the twelve to preach, it was “to proclaim the kingdom of God” (Lk. 9:2).  As large multitudes followed Him “He welcomed them and spoke to them of the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:11).  Elsewhere the gospel message itself as preached by Jesus is called the “gospel of the kingdom” (Matt. 9:35).

This raises a key question; what place does the kingdom hold in my thinking.  How frequently is the subject on my lips?  How comfortable am I to even discuss the subject?

As we give lip service to following in Jesus’ steps, ought not our own interests and concerns mirror His?  Without a doubt, the kingdom was a priority to Jesus.

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