Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 14/260: Read Luke 14

In a moving sermon about the frailty of life, brother Don Blackwell quoted Don McWhorter, who wrote, “Woe to the man or woman whose life on this earth is so pleasant that he forgets about heaven.”

We find it far too easy to give excuses instead of doing what God asks. Time and again we are distracted by the affairs of this life: property, possessions, and people. When we ask the Lord to take a backseat to the matters of this world, whether they are pleasant or not, we have lost sight of heaven.

There are many in this world that are starving for spiritual matters. Those who recognize their spiritual condition, “the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind,” they will feast on God’s blessings whenever the opportunity is presented.

On the other hand, there are people who are so rich with material things they do not realize their need for God. They are like the church in Laodicea, unaware that they were “wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked” (Revelation 3:17).

Have you taken God’s blessings for granted? Have you neglected His Word because you of the distractions of this life? Repent and refocus your eyes on Jesus. “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:2).

Memory (Fill in the blanks)

Luke 12:15, And He said to them, “Take heed and ________ of covetousness, for one’s ____________ does not consist in the ____________________ of the things he possesses.”

Pray

Pray for a stronger faith that will help you to look beyond the temporary things of this world to the eternal blessings of God.

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