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“The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, 'Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!'” Luke 7:34 ESV 

Earlier in Luke 7, Jesus said, “And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.” Luke 7:23 ESV

I have a healthy amount of fear when I think about what if I had been there when Jesus walked the earth—would I have been a Pharisee? Or a follower of Jesus? I am quick to judge by my perceptions and the rules I try to follow. I am challenged to befriend those who may not live by the same moral code, lest I add barriers that Jesus did not add when seeking those to whom He brought the good news of salvation.

Paul knew the secret—I Corinthians 9:19-23. There is much joy in seeking out those who need to hear the beautiful words of life: “because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” And “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:9,13 ESV

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In meditating on the passages in today's One Year Bible Reading, I was especially convicted by chapter four of Deuteronomy. I would like to share with you a few of my thoughts.

In verse 9, the Israelites were instructed to not forget the wonderful things that God had done for them in the past and to teach them to their children. Words used in this verse such as “Be careful, watch yourselves closely, and slip from your heart” indicate the ease with which we can become indifferent to spiritual things or forget altogether the many ways God has worked in our lives.

Again in verses 15-16, the instructions were clear. “Watch yourselves very carefully so that you do not become corrupt and make for yourselves an idol.”  I am amazed how quickly I can let my guard down, allowing sin to creep into my life.   It is a constant battle to allow Christ to be in complete control of my life, with nothing becoming more important than Him.  That is what an idol is, allowing someone or something to be more important than God.

Finally, verse 23 says, “Be careful not to forget the covenant of the Lord your God that he made with you.” The covenant mentioned here was with the people of Israel, but God has made salvation possible for us through Christ alone, stating in the New Testament that this is the new covenant.  We would be wise to remember how great our salvation is and to teach it diligently to our children.

What if I do become complacent and indifferent in my walk with the Lord? Verse 29 gives God's gracious answer to this common problem.  “But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.” 


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