A. The dangers of these attitudes (Luke 20:45-46; Matthew 6:1,5,16; 1 Timothy 2:9-10; 3:2-6; Luke 14:7-11)
B. Evil attitudes lead to evil actions (Luke 20:47; 18:11-12)
II. The sacrificial widow
A. God’s people are supposed to take care of widows (Luke 21:1-4; Exodus 22:22; Deuteronomy 24:19-21; 27:19; James 1:27; 1 Timothy 5:3-6)
B. She was selfless in her sacrifice (Luke 21:3-4; 2 Corinthians 8:1-5, 12; Galatians 6:10)
Isn’t it amazing how God can use something negative to accomplish His will? Jesus told His disciples that persecution would come, and that they would imprisoned and “brought before kings and rulers” for the sake of Christ. Then He said, “But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony.”
How do we use the opportunities God grants us every day? We may not be thrown in jail or dragged before the President, but we have several “occasions for testimony” each day. Are we using them? Are we telling our friends about Jesus? About God’s blessings? About the salvation available to all men?
Sometimes we get into a rut. Wake up, go to work, come home, go to bed…repeat. We need to spend more time in a study of the Scriptures, and we need to look for more opportunities to apply His truth in our life and share it with our neighbors.
When bad things happen, don’t get on Facebook and belly-ache about it. Use it as an opportunity to praise God and to show His grace and mercy. Your attitude in the face of adversity will impact your influence over others.
Always remember Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
Memory (Read aloud 5-10 times)
Acts 1:11. “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”
Pray for a positive attitude even when things aren’t going your way. Look for the good and praise God for it.
But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized. (Acts 8:12)