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October 30, 2014

Luke 17-18

 

Father in Heaven,

 

      They've always sent me a chill...three words of Christ in Luke 17:32 - "Remember Lot's wife."  This is a command, O Christ.  Not a suggestion.  Remember Lot's wife.  It's also a gracious invitation.  Too many of us have forgotton.  You didn't, Lord Jesus...and we only do so to our everlasting peril.  You lay down the principle in the next verse: "Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it." (Luke 17:33).  Lot's wife sought to preserve her life and she indeed lost it (Genesis 19:26).  Nothing could be more ironic or more tragic.  God help us.    

      O God in heaven...to spend one's life avoiding risk is the quickest way to insure one's everlasting ruin.  This is not a good trade.  May those of us who call Mound Evangelical Free Church our home think this through carefully and remember Lot's wife.  Whoever loses his life will keep it.  It's a trade up, Lord.  Risk, courage, love and suffering for the name of Christ are worth it.  They're worth it.  On the other hand...safety, cowardice, selfishness and ease are not, Lord.  They aren't worth it.  So please, come Holy Spirit.  Fill us as we trust your gospel-rooted, new covenant promises.  We have pardon for our sin, power to live in the strength that you supply, and your people to stand beside us.  For what else could we possibly ask?  We remember Lot's wife.  O that we would lose our lives for the sake of our mission to be and make disciples of Christ!          

 

In Jesus' Name,

 

Amen

 

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”

 

-Jim Elliot (1927-1956)  http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/2919-he-is-no-fool-who-gives-what-he-cannot-keep .  Accessed 10-30-14 @ 7:10pm.  

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