April 11th

Scripture - Luke 16

Observation - When first looking at this chapter Jesus seems to be saying that things have changed around here, but then again, nothing has changes. What Jesus is really saying is that the coming of the Messiah builds on the foundation the prophets laid. Jesus doesn’t abolish the law, he fulfills it. Think of it like this. You have a plain white room with no decoration. Later, you come in and paint the room a nice neutral color, add decoration, and possibly some new furniture. The room seems to be a different place but is actually the same place magnified. Jesus’ message doesn’t cancel out what the prophets have said but adds depth and meaning to it. The law prepares the way for God to show his love through Jesus. The law cannot bring righteousness or oneness with God; however, the law shows us our need for a Savior and points us to Christ who Is the only way. 

Application - We would like to think that we can go out and do our own, but the reality is that we need our Savior. Think about your life before you came to Christ and what it was like. Now, think about your life after you came into relationship with Jesus. What an awesome transformation your life took! He made something beautiful from the ashes that were scattered in your life! 

Prayer - Lord, I am so grateful for keeping those around me safe and loved. Thank you for your blessings in my life. I pray that you remind me of just how blessed I am and that you never let me forget to show gratitude in all areas of my life. In your name I pray, amen.